Founded in 1980

Privacy Policy

1 July 2020

This document details the Doncaster & District Family History Society’s (D&DFHS) Privacy Policy with regards to the new General Data Protection Regulations that will come into effect on 25 May 2018.

1. Legal Basis

In accordance with the General Data Protection Rules, effective from 25 May 2018, the D&DFHS will operate in accordance with these rules based on the prior consent of its members to hold and store Personal Data for the purposes of operating and administering the Society and for providing members with services relating to family history and genealogy.

The D&DFHS is a membership-based family history society. The Society’s object is:

  • to advance public education in family history and genealogy within the area of interest.

The D&DFHS operates within the rules of its constitution, which was last updated and approved by its Annual General Meeting held on 29 February 2012.

All collection and processing of personal data by the D&DFHS relates to maintaining its membership database and for providing society members with access to the Society’s services and website.

No personal data is stored and held by the Society without the prior consent of a member.

2. Membership Consents

Prior to the introduction of the General Data Protection Rules, effective from 25 May 2018, all existing members will be asked to re-confirm their consents and all new members, who join the Society, will also be asked to provide written consent for the Society to use and store their personal data for the purposes of administration of the Society and for the sharing of genealogical data

3. Roles and Responsibilities

1) Data Controller

The D&DFHS, as a membership organisation, relies on volunteers for its operation and running and to fill the positions of Officers and Executive Committee of the Society.

The Society has no employees to carry out its work; consequently all recognised roles under Data Protection Legislation are carried out by Society Officers or Executive Committee Members

The Doncaster and District Family History Society is the controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as “D&DFHS” or “Society” in this Privacy Policy).

It is the responsibility of the Data Controller to ensure that the Society conforms with all relevant legislation relating to Data Protection and that all the Society’s policies regarding Data Protection are current and are reviewed on a regular basis or if there is a change in legislation.

2) Data Processors

Data processing of Members Personal data by the Society is primarily carried out by the Membership Secretary, who is responsible for maintaining and updating the Society’s Membership Database, which contains some or all of the following information:

  • Membership
  • Number
  • Members Name
  • Members Address
  • Members Email Address
  • Members Telephone No.
  • Membership Category
  • Membership Fee
  • Method of Payment
  • Date of Renewal

The Society’s Membership Database is updated following the annual membership renewal process which commences in April and ends in June and on the receipt of new members to the Society.

Any member not renewing their membership by 30 June is removed from the Society’s Membership Database and any member notifying cancellation of their membership is also removed the Society’s Membership Database.

Other Officers and volunteers of the Society, subject to the approval of the Data Controller, may use the information for provision of member services.

4. Transferring of Data to and From Third Parties

No Personal Membership data is transferred by the D&DFHS to third party companies or organisations.

5. Data Retention Period Criteria

The D&DFHS will hold the personal data of members as described in Section 3(2) of this document for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

By law we have to keep basic information about our members and customers (including Contact, Identity, Financial and Transaction Data) for six years after they cease being customers for tax purposes.

6. Members Rights under the General Data Protection Regulations

The D&DFHS recognises the member’s rights under the General Data Protection Regulations to the following:

  1. The right of access to their data
  2. The right to rectification to their data
  3. The right to erasure of their data
  4. The right to restrict processing of their data
  5. The right to data portability of their data
  6. The right to object in relation to the use of their Data

Any member who wishes access to their data or to make a complaint regarding the treatment of their data must, in the first instance, contact the Secretary of the Society and submit in writing a Subject Access Request.

The Society in accordance with the General Data Protection rules will reply to a member’s enquiry in relation to items 1 to 6 within one month of receipt of the members written Subject Access Request.

7. Automated Decision Making and Profiling

The D&DFHS does not carry out and will not carry out in the future any Automated Decision Making or Profiling linked to Members Personal Data.

8. Breach Awareness

The D&DFHS carries out annual reviews both of its data processes and data storage procedures in order to prevent future potential breaches or loss of the personal data it holds.

9. Risk Management

In order to mitigate and manage both technical and procedural risks surrounding how and why the Society uses the personally held data of its members, the Committee of the Society will, on an annual basis review all its current processes and procedures and also assess both existing and known future legislation relating to protection of its members personally held data and implement any required changes identified by the Committee in this review

10. Document Review

This document will be reviewed annually by the Executive Committee of the D&DFHS.

Published: 17 May 2018
Updated: 1 July 2020