OJC Privacy Policy

OJC Privacy Policy

The Oxford Jewish Congregation (OJC) takes the privacy and security of your personal information very seriously.

This privacy policy sets out how OJC processes personal data (that is, information by which an individual can be identified) collected by us in the course of our lawful activities, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the General Data Protection Regulation and any subsequent legislation (‘Data Protection laws’). This policy has been put in place to protect your rights under the Data Protection laws, and it is important that you understand what we will do with your data and are happy with this. If you want to discuss any matter relating to how your data is used, please call us on 01865 514356 or email us at connections@ojc-online.org

References to the processing of information includes the collection, use, storage and protection of data.

OJC is the ‘data controller’ for the purposes of this policy, and the policy extends to our staff, trustees, volunteers and anyone else processing data on our behalf from time to time.

The OJC is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Any personal data collected by OJC will only be processed in accordance with this privacy policy.

The legislation states that organisations are permitted to process data if they have a legal basis for doing so. OJC processes data on the basis that:

  • Express and informed consent has been given by the person whose data is being processed; and/or
  • OJC has a legitimate interest in processing data; and/or
  • It is necessary in relation to a contract or agreement which the person has entered into or because the person has asked for something to be done so they can enter into a contract or agreement; and/or
  • There is a legal obligation on OJC to process data.

Where OJC is relying solely on consent as the basis for processing data, we are required to obtain your explicit consent and you can modify or withdraw this consent at any time by notifying us in writing, although this may affect the extent to which we are able to provide services to or interact with you in future.

OJC may change this policy from time to time and any such changes will be published on our website. Notwithstanding any change to this policy, we will continue to process your personal data in accordance with your rights and our obligations in law.

This policy is effective from April 2018.

What data do we collect?

We collect the data necessary for OJC to pursue its charitable objectives, including but not limited to running religious services, providing Hebrew and religion classes, promoting the welfare of the Jews of Oxford and liaising with our volunteers and paid staff. Data collected and processed may include, but not be limited to:

  • Names and contact information such as telephone numbers, email and postal addresses, dates of birth, religious affiliation and, on occasion, other personal data such a photographs
  • Financial records and preferences, including, where necessary, bank or payment details in order to process payments from you and information about your tax status for the collection of Gift Aid
  • Such other information that is relevant and necessary for OJC to carry out its activities, charitable purposes and legal obligations.

What we do with the data we process

OJC uses the data collected to maintain accurate internal records of our members, employees and others. These records facilitate our activities run in accordance with our charitable objects, including maintaining religious services, working with volunteers and providing educational and welfare services to members of the community. Data may be processed and viewed by the relevant staff, trustees and volunteers in the course of OJC’s activities (all of whom work in accordance with this privacy policy) and will be retained only for as long as is reasonable and permissible in law. The only occasion when we share our data is with the accredited mailing company who post out the Menorah magazine and are therefore given labels (which we prepare for them) of all members’ postal addresses. We do not share any data outside of the European Economic Area.

You, as the data subject, may request deletion of your data at any time in writing, subject to any overriding legal requirement for its retention, such as the need, where appropriate, to retain Gift Aid records for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Your rights in relation to your personal data

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you. Any such request must be submitted in writing and we reserve the right to seek verification of the identity of persons making such requests before we respond. A small fee may be payable if an information request is particularly onerous.

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information, but this may inhibit or limit the way in which OJC is able to interact with you. You may, at any time, change your mind about what information we hold about you, or if we continue to hold it at all, subject to any legal obligation on OJC to retain data.

You are responsible for the accuracy of data you have provided to OJC. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

We may use your personal information to send you information about OJC and matters relating to our activities which you have indicated or we think may be of interest to you. We will only share data with a trusted third party where necessary for us to communicate with you (i.e. the mailing company for posting copies of Menorah magazine), and only once we are satisfied that any such use of data will accord with our privacy policy. We do not sell or share your personal information with any other charities, businesses or marketing companies.

You can obtain further information about Data Protection and privacy laws by visiting the Information Commissioner’s website at: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the data we process. Persons processing data on behalf of OJC do so in accordance with this policy and on the basis that we are satisfied that they can and will adhere to our high standards for data protection and security.

The transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

Web browsing and Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

We may also collect and store information about your browsing device, including, where available, your IP address, operating system and browser type. This is anonymous statistical data about your browsing activities and patterns, and does not contain any personal data.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy policy. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy policy applicable to the website in question.

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