Data Protection





Data Protection Policy Pursuant to

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679)


a)   ORDER means The Great Priory of Scotland of The United, Religious and Military Orders of the Temple and St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta.

b)   PERSONAL DATA means any recorded information which identifies a living individual.

c)    HEAD OF THE ORDER means the Grand Master.

d)   UNIT(S) OF THE ORDER means Preceptory (Preceptories)

e)   ADMINISTRATION means administrative Officers of Great Priory, Districts and Preceptories.

f)   REGULATIONS means the Statutes and Disciplinary Procedures for the Government of the ORDER in force from time to time

g)   YEAR BOOK means the Kalendar and Liber Ordinis Templi in Scotia and Statutes published each year.


       This data protection policy regulates how the ORDER processes and stores PERSONAL DATA of its members by the ADMINISTRATION. It applies to all officers, members and volunteers of the ORDER. Its purpose is to ensure that the ORDER complies with the law and with high data protection standards.

1.        Purposes

       As a membership organisation the ORDER processes, retains and shares PERSONAL DATA of members for the purposes set out in the Data Protection Notice. Where the ORDER employs or contracts with a member it may also process, retain and share PERSONAL DATA of that member for all lawful purposes related to that employment or contractual relationship.

        The ORDER shall not collect or store PERSONAL DATA of members for any other purposes.

2.        Appointment of a Data Protection Officer

       The ORDER shall appoint a Data Protection Officer who will oversee compliance with data protection law and will act as a point of contact for members and the Information Commissioner's Office (the "ICO"). The Data Protection Officer shall have a direct line of communication with the HEAD OF THE ORDER and shall have, or shall undergo training to ensure that he has, knowledge of data protection law and practices.

3.        Members' data rights

       A member may request that the Data Protection Officer:

        a.        Provides him with a copy of all PERSONAL DATA that the ORDER holds about him. The Data Protection Officer shall promptly provide a copy of all information required to be disclosed by law.

       b.        Rectifies any incorrect PERSONAL DATA held by the ORDER about him. The Data Protection Officer shall promptly consider such a request and respond to it in accordance with the law.

       c.        Stop the ORDER from some or all of its processing of his PERSONAL DATA. The Data Protection Officer shall promptly consider such an objection and respond to it in accordance with the law.

4.        Deletion of PERSONAL DATA

       A member may resign from all UNITS OF THE ORDER at any time. After it has processed such resignation(s) the ORDER shall archive the PERSONAL DATA for historical reference purposes and will stop the PERSONAL DATA from being used that it holds about that member as set out in The Data Protection Notice (Attachment A).

5.        Sharing data with third parties

      As a membership organisation the ORDER shares PERSONAL DATA of its members within the ADMINISTRATION as required by the REGULATIONS or bodies it sanctions from time to time. It will not share PERSONAL DATA of members for any other reason unless it has the consent of the relevant member.

6.        Data Protection Notice

     The ORDER shall publish a Data Protection Notice (Appendix A) so that it is available to members. The Data Protection Notice shall comply with the requirements of data protection law and among other things shall inform members how their PERSONAL DATA will be used by the ORDER and how they may contact the Data Protection Officer.

7.        Data security

       The ORDER shall periodically review the security of its records and processing activities and shall take appropriate steps to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of PERSONAL DATA that it holds.

8.        Registration with ICO

       The ORDER as a not-for-profit organisation is exempt from registration with the ICO.

9.        Reporting breaches to the Data Protection Officer

        Actual or potential breaches of this policy, or of data protection law by the PERSONAL DATA, shall be reported immediately to the Data Protection Officer. Breaches shall be reported if required by the Data Protection Officer to the ICO or to the member(s) whose data is affected. Normally the Data Protection Officer shall not report breaches without prior consultation with the HEAD OF THE ORDER.

Grand Master


Grand Secretary


Data Protection Officer

Grand Secretary

41 Bo’ness Road