General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

GDPR Update: 5th May 2018

By now, you are likely used to organisations contacting you asking you to opt in/give consent to continue receiving communications via email, as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force later this month on 25th May 2018.

You may not be aware that GDPR also applies to the United Benefice of Knockholt with Halstead.

Why we hold your data

We have been working hard over recent months to produce privacy notices (see below) which set out what sort of data we hold, and why.

Most of the personal data we hold on the basis of 'legitimate interest' (e.g. safeguarding work to protect children and adults at risk). Some of our data processing is necessary for compliance with 'legal obligations' e.g. publishing banns of marriage, or administering the electoral roll. As a religious organisation, we are also permitted to process information to 'administer membership/contact details'. Where we use your information other than on one of the legal bases above, we will first obtain your consent.

What we need you to do

In order to update our records, and make sure that we have your consent to process your data (where necessary), please could you complete and return a consent form to the Rectory by 25th May 2018?

Hard copy forms are available at the back of each church. Alternatively, we can email you a form (please contact

NB: while there is space on the form (if you are a parent/guardian) to include details of any children and young people under 16, we do need a separate form for each adult please, to ensure that we have each adult's explicit consent recorded. 


General privacy notice
Privacy notice for role holders (including volunteers)