Gale Presbyterian Church – Elmira, Ontario
Personal Information Privacy Commitment Statement
In accordance with applicable laws, Gale Presbyterian Church (the Church) is committed to protecting the privacy of its members, adherents, donors, volunteers, employees, directors, officers and any other persons about or from whom the Church collects personal information.
The Church embraces the principles of the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information to ensure that all personal information is properly collected, used only for the purposes for which it is collected and is disposed of in a safe and timely manner when no longer required.
In being, or becoming, a member or adherent of the Church, it is recognized by all such individuals that the Bible portrays believers as members of one body (see I Corinthians 12). This requires the sharing of personal information with the body. Further, it is recognized by the body that the Church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Canada (the Denomination). Because of that affiliation, the Church, its members and adherents by voluntary implied contract submit to, and are bound by, the governing documents of the Denomination.
Except for the above implied consent to collect, use and retain personal information, no personal information will be sold, rented, leased or otherwise made available to any person without the explicit consent of the member or adherent. Except as otherwise required by the governing documents of the Denomination or the operation of law, every member and adherent has the right, at any time, to withdraw his or her implied or explicit consent for the use of his or her personal information for any or all previously authorized uses.
With respect to the privacy of personal information the above means that all members and adherents have given their implied consent to use their personal information for all internal purposes of the Church, the Denomination and its agencies to the extent that such use is in agreement with the governing documents of the Denomination and the pronouncements of The General Assembly from time to time, provided that such body shall not provide personal information to agencies that are not directly operated, or wholly controlled, by the Denomination to carry out its ministries.
Other persons or organizations who act for, or on behalf of, the Church are required to comply with the principles and the Policy and will be given restricted access to personal information solely to perform the services they may be retained to perform for Church.
The Church has designated Gil Langerak, to be its Privacy Officer. Any inquiry, request or concern related to privacy matters should be made in writing to him, to be contacted at:
Privacy Officer Gale Presbyterian Church
10 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira, ON N3B 0A8
In accordance with applicable laws, Gale Presbyterian Church (the Church) is committed to protecting the privacy of its members, adherents, donors, volunteers, employees, directors, officers and any other persons about or from whom the Church collects personal information. The Church embraces the principles of the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information to ensure that all personal information is properly collected, used only for the purposes for which it is collected and is disposed of in a safe and timely manner when no longer required.
The Church is responsible for maintaining and protecting the personal information under its control. The Church has appointed a Privacy Officer who is responsible to ensure that the Church complies with its privacy obligations in accordance with applicable privacy laws.
2. Identifying Purposes
The Church collects and uses personal information for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to,
providing services to individuals ministered to by the Church;
establishing and maintaining members lists;
managing payroll and benefits;
employee performance evaluations;
establishing and maintaining lists of donors.
The Church shall identify and explain the purposes for which it collects personal information, to the person from whom the personal information is being collected, before or at the time the information is collected.
Consent will be obtained from the person whose personal information is collected, used and disclosed, unless obtaining the consent would be inappropriate or not required by law. Sometimes the person’s consent may be implied by virtue of their membership in the Church or because of the person=s conduct within the Church. When it is appropriate, written consent will be obtained.
Written consents will be kept on file for as long as the information is reasonably necessary. A person may withdraw his or her consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice. The person will be informed of reasonably foreseeable implications of the withdrawal.
4. Limiting Collection
Information collected will be limited to that required for the purpose or purposes identified by the Church. The Church is committed to collecting personal information in a fair, open and lawful manner.
5. Limiting Use, Disclosure and Retention
Personal information shall be maintained in as accurate, complete and up-to-date a form as necessary in order to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected.
Personal information will be protected by security safeguards that are appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information. This safeguarding could include physical measures such as locked filing cabinets and premises security, organizational measures such as restricted access to files with personal information or technological measures such as security software.
Name and address of the Privacy Officer
Means of gaining access to personal information held by the Church
Copy of any brochures or other information that explains the Church’s policies, standards or codes
9. Access to Personal Information
Access to personal information will be granted, where the Church is legally required to release the information and provided that the disclosure does not violate any applicable statutes or contracts, to the person to whom the information pertains where there is an appropriate written request. The existence, use and disclosure of the personal information will be granted within a reasonable period of time. Any inaccuracy or incompleteness of personal information will be amended as required.
10. Challenging Compliance
Complaints or inquiries about the collection, use, disclosure or retention of personal information and the Church’s compliance with these ten principles should be directed to the Privacy Officer. The Privacy Officer will investigate complaints and ensure that appropriate measures are taken.