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Data Privacy Notice


Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

Who are we?

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

How do we process your personal data?

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral complies with its obligations under the GDPR  by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use your personal data for the following purposes:

  • To provide pastoral care to the Cathedral Congregation;
  • To administer Select Vestry records;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral registered charity;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To comply with Safeguarding Trust (Child Protection) requirements;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records;
  • To operate the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral website and deliver the services that individuals have requested;
  • To inform individuals of news, events, activities or services running at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • Our processing also includes the use of CCTV systems for the prevention of crime

What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your charitable donations and keep you informed about parish and diocesan events.
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement.
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract.
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided, (a)the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and (b) there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential. In some cases, we work with a third party to provide a service. All the third parties that we work with are GDPR compliant and cannot use your data for other that the purpose instructed. They will not share your personal information with any organisation apart from us. They will hold it securely and retain it for the period we instruct.

How long do we keep your personal data?

We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out within Irish Data Protection Legislation, details of which can be found here and  in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website here.

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; historical records of board and committee members; charity declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

Your rights and your personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which Saint Patrick’s Cathedral holds about you.
  • The right to request that the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date.
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to retain such data.
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time.
  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability).
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing.
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Cathedral Office Manager by email at officemanager@stpatrickscathedral.ie, by phone at 01 4539472 or at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, Dublin.