School of Meditation

General Privacy Statement

 Your personal data – what is it? 

“Personal data” is any information about a living individual which allows them to be identified from that data (for example a name, photographs, videos, email address, or address). Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information. The processing of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Bill/Act 2017 the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”) and other legislation relating to personal data and rights such as the Human Rights Act 1998. 

Who are we? 

This Privacy Notice is provided to you by the School of Meditation which is the data controller for your data. 

What data does the data controller process? Some or all of the following: 

  • Names, titles, and aliases, photographs; 
  • Contact details such as telephone numbers, addresses, and email addresses; 
  • Where you make donations or pay for activities such as term fees, money to attend a retreat or function at Easter or Christmas, financial identifiers such as bank account numbers, payment/transaction identifiers, policy numbers, and claim numbers. 


How do we process your personal data? 

The data controller will comply with legal obligations to keep personal data up to date; to store and destroy it securely; not to collect or retain excessive amounts of data; to keep personal data secure, and to protect personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and to ensure that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. 

We use your personal data for some or all of the following purposes: 

  • To enable us to meet all legal and statutory obligations; 
  • To carry out comprehensive safeguarding procedures (including due diligence and complaints handling) in accordance with best safeguarding practice from time to time with the aim of ensuring that all children and adults-at-risk are provided with safe environments; 
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the School and charity; 
  • To maintain our own accounts and records; 
  • To process a donation that you have made (including Gift Aid information); 
  • To seek your views or comments; 
  • To notify you of changes to our events and role holders; 
  • To send you communications that may be of interest to you. These may include information about campaigns, appeals, other fundraising activities; 
  • To process a grant or application for a role; 
  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution. 


What is the legal basis for processing your personal data? 

Most of your data is processed because it is necessary for our legitimate interests. All the examples 

above require us to make use of your personal data. We will always take into account your interests, rights and freedoms. 

Where your information is used other than in accordance with our legitimate interest, we will first obtain your consent to that use. 

Sharing your personal data 

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential. It will only be shared with third parties where it is necessary for the performance of our tasks or where you first give us your prior consent. It is likely that we will need to share your data with some or all of the following (but only where necessary): 

  • The appropriate persons within the School of Meditation; 
  • Our agents, servants and contractors. For example, we may ask a commercial provider to send out newsletters on our behalf, or to maintain our database software; 
  • On occasion, other organisations with which we are carrying out joint events or activities. 


How long do we keep your personal data? 

We will keep some records permanently if we are legally required to do so. We may keep some records for an extended period of time. For example, it is current best practice to keep financial records for a minimum period of 7 years to support HMRC audits. In general, we will endeavour to keep data only for as long as we need it. This means that we may delete it when it is no longer needed. 

Your rights and your personal data 

You have the following rights with respect to your personal data: 

When exercising any of the rights listed below, in order to process your request, we may need to verify your identity for your security. In such cases we will need you to respond with proof of your identity before you can exercise these rights. 

1. The right to access information we hold on you 

  • At any point you can contact us to request the information we hold on you as well as why we have that information, who has access to the information and where we obtained the information from. Once we have received your request we will respond within one month. 
  • There are no fees or charges for the first request but additional requests for the same data may be subject to an administrative fee. 


2. The right to correct and update the information we hold on you 

  • If the data we hold on you is out of date, incomplete or incorrect, you can inform us and your data will be updated. 


3. The right to have your information erased 

  • If you feel that we should no longer be using your data or that we are illegally using your data, you can request that we erase the data we hold. 
  • When we receive your request we will confirm whether the data has been deleted or the reason why it cannot be deleted (for example because we need it for our legitimate interests or regulatory purpose(s)). 


4. The right to object to processing of your data 

  • You have the right to request that we stop processing your data. Upon receiving the request we will contact you and let you know if we are able to comply or if we have legitimate grounds to continue to process your data. Even after you exercise your right to object, we may continue to hold your data to comply with your other rights or to bring or defend legal claims. 


5. The right to data portability 

  • You have the right to request that we transfer some of your data to another controller. We will comply with your request, where it is feasible to do so, within one month of receiving your request. 


6. The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time for any processing of data to which consent was sought. 

  • You can withdraw your consent easily by telephone, email, or by post (see Contact Details below). 


7. The right to object to the processing of personal data where applicable. 



8. The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. 


Transfer of Data Abroad 

Any electronic personal data transferred to countries or territories outside the EU will only be placed on systems complying with measures giving equivalent protection of personal rights either through international agreements or contracts approved by the European Union. Our website is also accessible from overseas so on occasion some personal data (for example in a newsletter) may be accessed from overseas. 

Further processing 

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this 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 

Please contact us if you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or the information we hold about you or to exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints at: 

The Data Controller, School of Meditation 


You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF 



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