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The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch [Diocese], within which the Safeguarding Office operates,  is committed to protecting the privacy of users of its websites and social media properties through compliance with this privacy statement (Statement).  This Statement applies to all the personal information that this site collects from you, or that you provide on the website (whether permanent or temporary.



By using this Website, you accept the terms of this Statement.


Personal information

The Diocese may collect personal information from you in a number of ways, including but not limited to, when you visit the Website, fill out a form, and in connection with activities, features or resources the Diocese makes available on the Website.


You may be asked to provide your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. You may visit the Website anonymously. The Diocese will collect personal information from you only if you voluntarily submit this information to the Diocese. You may refuse to provide personal information, except it may prevent you from participating in certain Website related activities. The extent of and the exact personal information that is collected from you may vary from time to time depending on the circumstances, such as the nature of the transactions and dealings with you, or the desired form of communication.


Non-personal information

The Diocese may collect non-personal information from you when you visit the Website. Non-personal information may include your IP address, the search terms you used, the pages you accessed on the Websites and the links you clicked on, the date and time you visited the Websites, the referring site (if any) through which you clicked through to a Website, your operating system, the type of web browser you use, and other matters such as screen resolution and the language setting of your browser.


Why the Diocese collects information

The Diocese may collect personal information directly for the primary purpose of communicating with you.


Use of information

The Diocese uses the information provided by you for the primary purpose of communicating with you. The Diocese may also use your information for administration, survey, promotional, marketing and accounting purposes, or such other purposes required by law or regulatory authority.

Disclosing your personal information

The Diocese will not disclose your personal information to third parties, except where it is necessary for organisational purposes or required by law or by a regulatory authority.


The Diocese may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal information regarding you or users of the Website with trusted affiliates of the Diocese for the purposes outlined above.



The Diocese uses a range of security mechanisms and procedures to protect the information it holds about users to the Website. Personal information that is no longer required will be destroyed in accordance with legislation and the Diocesan Retention Schedule.


Website browser cookies

The Website may use cookies to enhance your experience when using the Website.
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website’s computer. Cookies are stored on the hard drive of your computer. Each Website can send its own cookies to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it. However, to protect your privacy, your browser permits a website to access only those cookies it sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Some cookies are essential for the Website to operate. You can choose to set your web browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you refuse cookies, then some parts of the Website may not function properly.


Independent websites

This Statement will not apply to independent websites which are linked to our Website, over which the Diocese has no control.


Amendment to Privacy Statement

The Diocese has the discretion to amend this Statement at any time without notice. You are responsible for reviewing the amended privacy statements. By continuing to use a Website, you agree to be bound by the then current version of this Statement. The Diocese encourages you to check this page regularly to stay informed about how the Diocese is collecting, using, and protecting your personal information.



If you have any questions regarding this Statement, the practices of the Website, or your dealings with the Website, please contact us at

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