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How we use your personal information

This privacy notice explains the way in which Bon Accord Free Church of Scotland Congregation uses, or “processes” personal information. Personal information is any information, held either in paper records or electronically, from which you can be identified. Examples of personal information are your name, address, email address, telephone number, IP address, photograph or video image. The processing of personal information is governed by data protection law. “Processing” is anything that is done with personal information, from collection onwards.

The information we hold and why we hold it

  1. Contact Details and Communication

    Bon Accord holds contact details on ChurchSuite so that the church leadership can get in touch with you.

  2. Safeguarding

    Both the Free Church of Scotland and Bon Accord are legally required to keep an up-to-date record of those in our congregation who volunteer or work with children or vulnerable adults.

  3. Membership and Baptism

    If you are a member of Bon Accord, your name and address appear on our Communicant Members Roll. This is shared with the Free Church of Scotland. If you or your child have been baptised at Bon Accord a record of this is also kept and may be shared with the Free Church of Scotland.

  4. Donations and Gift Aid

    If you give to the church in a way which is not anonymous (including but not limited to by BACS, standing order, weekly envelope, cheque or Stripe) your name and donation(s) amounts will be securely stored on our Finance Software, which is accessible to the Treasurer(s).

  5. Volunteers and Employees

    If you serve on any of our rotas we will also have a record of the fact that you do so and your name will appear on the rota(s). This will be visible on ChurchSuite to the church leadership and anyone else who serves on a rota at Bon Accord.

  6. Events

    From time to time we run events or meals at Bon Accord which require prior sign-up. Examples of this include but are not limited to Church Meals, WfM events and Accord (20's-30's) events. A record of expected attendees will be kept prior to the event to enable adequate preparation.

  7. Children

    We keep a record of the names of the children who are in each Sunday School class and Crèche to enable us to plan, prepare and "staff" (with volunteers!) the relevant groups adequately.

How we collect your personal information

Bon Accord will ordinarily only collect and process data obtained via the online form at Where an individual does not have access to the form, a paper version will be provided, which the person will also be asked to add their signature to.

The following should also be noted with reference to the collection of data:

  • In situations where information is ambiguous or not clear, the person will be contacted and asked to re-submit a form or provide clarity via email, which will be retained as a pdf by Bon Accord.

  • Bon Accord will not accept the submission of an adult’s personal information by another person and will only accept the details of one adult per form submission.

  • Where two parents submit conflicting ‘permissions’ pertaining to their children, the lowest level of permission will apply and the parents will be contacted for clarification.

Security and retention of personal information

We are committed to ensuring that personal information is held and retained securely and in accordance with data protection principles. More specifically, we keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in our Data Retention Policy, a copy of which is available at our website, or by asking for a copy from the church office (

Bon Accord endeavours to remove unnecessary data as quickly as possible where we are permitted to within our legal obligations. Personal data will be deleted from our records when we are informed of a person leaving the church. Annual reviews of our data will be carried out to remove any related to persons that we have become aware have left the congregation without informing the church office.

You have the right to make certain requests in relation to your personal data

You can request copies of the personal data which we hold about you, by contacting the church office ( If you believe that any information we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete, please let us know so that we can have this rectified. You can request that we erase your data if there is no longer any need for us to keep it, although we may still need to retain it if the reasons why it was obtained still exist. If the only legal basis on which we hold the data is your consent, and you withdraw that consent, then we will erase your data on request.

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