Our GDPR privacy notice - your personal data

As part of our administrative role within the Church of England, the Diocese of Rochester is committed to providing effective management of personal data and the safeguarding of material which is entirely consistent with the nurturing of a climate of openness and transparency. 

Our intention is that we will seek to manage information professionally and intentionally.

To read our full privacy notice, please click here. To view our 'role holder' privacy notice click here.

Here are some key points.

  • We will ensure that any personal data you share with us is kept up to date, is stored securely and if necessary, destroyed securely. 
  • If you are a ‘role holder’ we process data about you for legal, personnel, administrative and management purposes and to enable us to meet our legal obligations.
  • You will receive communications from us either because you have consented to do so, or because as a ‘role holder’ we have a legitimate interest to keep you informed of news, resources, events and activities that take place within the diocese, or further afield, that you may be interested in and that will help you fulfil your role.
  • We will respect your rights as a ‘data subject’ under the new GDPR regulations.
  • If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by our privacy notice, we will inform you before beginning this new process and explain why.

If you have any questions or concerns about how we use your data, please contact our data controller on:

Our website and cookies

It is important to appreciate that this website provides links to other independent sites, both within the Church of England and elsewhere. This policy applies only to direct accesses to the Anglican Diocese of Rochester website - URLs starting

Data collected:

As with the vast majority of websites, the Diocese of Rochester automatically logs certain information about every request made of it. This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information will be kept but reviewed periodically.

Relevant subsets of this data may be passed to computer security teams as part of investigations of computer misuse involving this site or other computing equipment within the hosting organisation.

Data may also on occasion be passed to the administrators of other computer systems to enable investigation of problems accessing this site or of system misconfigurations. Otherwise the logged information is not passed to any third party except if required by law. Summary statistics are extracted from this data and some of these may be made publicly available, but those that are do not include information from which individuals could be identified.

Where forms are provided on this site, the pages containing these forms include information on how data submitted on them will be processed and used.


By using this site you agree to cookies being placed on your computer in accordance with the purpose set out below. If you do not wish to accept cookies from this site please either disable cookies or refrain from using this site.

What are cookies?:

Cookies are small pieces of text placed on your computer to recognise you when you return to this website. They can include what pages you visit and other information such as the internet browser you use. “First-party cookies” are the cookies that we set for and “third-party cookies” are cookies on this site that come from different websites. Vimeo and YouTube are examples of third party cookies and their use is detailed below.

Our use of cookies:

The table below outlines cookies which may be set when visiting our site and why they are used.

Cookie Name Purpose More information

Google Analytics


These cookies are used to collect information how visitors use our site. We use the information
to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous  form, including the number of visitors to the site,
where visitors have come to the site from, and the
pages visited.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

Content Management System Cookies











These cookies are set by our content management system, upon arrival to the website. They are not used by the Diocese of Rochester for any purpose and expire within five months.  
Vimeo aka_debug We use Vimeo to embed videos on our website. Vimeo sets cookies in videos that we embed so they can track the usage of them

These third party cookies adhere to Vimeo’s privacy policy.



We use YouTube to embed videos on our website. YouTube will set the first cookie when visiting a page with an embedded YouTube video and will set the second if you click on the video player, but they will not store personally-identifiable information. This third-party cookie adhere to YouTube’s  privacy policy.


Refusing to use cookies

You may refuse to use cookies on this website by amending your internet browser settings. For details how to do this covering the majority of browsers, visit You may experience degraded performance from this website as a result of amending the default option.


Logged data

The following data is automatically logged for each request:

  • The name or network address of the computer making the request. Note that under some (but not all) circumstances it may be possible to infer from this the identity of the person making the request. Note also that the data recorded may be that of a web proxy rather than that of the originating client.
  • The date and time of connection.
  • The HTTP request, which contains the identification of the document requested.
  • The status code of the request (success or failure etc.).
  • The number of data bytes sent in response.
  • The contents of the HTTP Referrer header supplied by the browser.
  • The content of the HTTP User-Agent header supplied by the browser.
  • Logging of additional data may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes.


Access to user data
For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulations, the 'Data Controller' for processing any data collected by this site is the Diocese of Rochester and the point of contact for subject access requests is datacontroller

This policy may change from time to time.  You should check this policy occasionally to ensure you are aware of the most recent version which will apply each time you access this website.

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