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Church Privacy Policy


At Honiton Evangelical Congregational Church we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. 

This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit us, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

Who are we? 

We are Honiton Evangelical Congregational Church, an independent church which is a member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches. Any questions about our church can be directed to: The Pastor, Honiton Evangelical Congregational Church, High Street, Honiton, Devon EX14 1PJ.

How do we collect information from you? 

When you join an activity which requires us to record contact information – you will be the one telling us. When you visit our website, your IP address is automatically captured by the software that tells us how many people have visited our site. However, we never do anything with IP address data. When you e-mail us, we collect the information that you care to share.We will only accept personal data about you from someone else in exceptional circumstances e.g. you might be urgently admitted to hospital and we would accept details about your condition and where you are staying from somebody else.

What type of information is collected from you?

Personal information might include, and not exceed, your name, address, email address, telephone numbers, IP address, and information regarding what pages are accessed and when. If you attend a children’s activity, you will furnish us with details of the child in your care. Once a child reaches the age of 13, we are prepared to accept personal details from them.


How is your information used? 

Primarily to contact you and keep in touch. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations (for example the collection of Gift Aid). We will only hold your personal information for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity or as long as legally required. 

Who has access to your information? 

Only those members of the church with whom you have contact, example: the leaders at Mother & Toddlers, have access to attendee information in case they need it in an emergency. Members and Regular Worshippers may share their contact details but we will always ask you if you wish to be included in that process. We will not sell or rent your information to third parties. We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. If there is ever the need to pass your information to a third party, we will always ask your permission, example: we may know someone who can help you sort out a personal problem but we will ask you first if you want us to talk to them on your behalf. The only exception is when it is in your vital interest e.g. in a medical emergency we may pass on contact information to medical personnel. 

How you can access and update your information? 

The accuracy of your information is important to us. If you change any contact details, please tell the Church Officers. You have the right to ask for a copy of the information HECC holds about you. Just ask and we will arrange things for you.


HECC Website Privacy Notice

The policy 

This privacy policy is for this website which is administered by Honiton Evangelical Congregational Church, High Street, Honiton, Devon Ex14 1PJ.

Website Visitor Tracking 

This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. The software tells us which pages are most visited but will not store, save or collect personal information.


External Website Links 

We identify a few other sites that we think may interest you. When you click through to those sites, you leave HECC and our Privacy Policy has no jurisdiction on the third party site you visit. You will need to check their Privacy Notice if you wish to find out how they handle any information collected during your visit. 


Contact Us 

Users contacting us through this website do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use.


Social Media 

While we may have official profiles on social media platforms users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles. 


The Church Data Protection Officer is Vincent Hancox

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