We wish to inform you that St Mary’s Cathedral parish (hereafter “the parish”) has to comply to the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act that comes into effect on 01 July 2021.

Please take note of the following in this regard:

The parish needs to stay in contact with its parishioners and interested parties. With this comes the need to store information of our parishioners such as name, surname, date of birth, email address, postal address, mobile numbers, etc. as well as personal sacramental information (details of baptisms, weddings, confirmations, etc).

Such personal information will only be used for the explicit, specific and lawful rendering of the required service and its promotion. Contact details are used to send communications which include but are not limited to newsletters, information letters, donation appeals etc. Users are responsible for advising the parish of any change in personal information, so that these can be updated.
In line with requirements of POPIA, all personal information will be safeguarded and stored in a locked environment, and on our secure servers.

No information will ever be divulged or sold to third parties for the purposes of direct marketing.

St Mary’s Cathedral parish uses Mailchimp to stay connected with its audience via email newsletters. A subscriber’s email address, name and other contact details may be added to the newsletter mailing list if an individual has subscribed themselves or has asked us to add their details to receive our newsletter, or if the individual has had meaningful interactions with the parish in the past and expressed interest in keeping in touch.

If you are happy to be kept on the mailing list, no action is required. 
By staying opted in, you will continue to receive our newsletters and other communications.

If you wish to unsubscribe, please follow the link at the bottom of this e-mail.
All our Mailchimp newsletters contain the unsubscribe link in the footer, well as a link to update your details. Once you unsubscribe, we will not be able to reactivate your subscription without your consent.
Alternatively if you wish us to update or remove your details manually, please email stmarysnewsletter02@gmail.com to request this.

St Mary’s Cathedral parish uses the Google suite of applications for certain business processes such as data processing and storage. Our accounts are secured through strong password protection and antivirus solutions.

If the parish interacts with an individual via electronic mediums, the data the individual has chosen to share with the parish will be stored on its electronic systems unless the individual specifically requests deletion of confidential data (and if the parish is legally able to delete the data.)

St Mary’s Cathedral parish has profiles on social media such as Facebook and YouTube. These platforms track users, and the information as to what data they may keep can be found on each website’s terms of use and/or privacy policies.

The parish has a website http://stmaryscathedral.org.za/ which is hosted by https://airborneexperience.com/. This platform’s cookies may track a visitor’s interactions with the site as part of its analytics system.

If a parishioner/visitor/user/subscriber has any concerns with regard to anything contained within this document or feel we are not compliant in terms to the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act of 2013 please contact the Church’s Officer on cathedral@adct.org.za in order for us to address your concerns personally.


Many thanks and blessings.

Fr Dominic Helmboldt – The Administrator

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