Privacy Policy

1. General information on the processing of personal data

  1. The protection of your personal data is of particular importance to us. In the following, we would therefore like to inform you in detail about which personal data is processed when you use our website and offers.
  2. The responsible party in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is:


    The Lutheran Church in Ireland

    24 Adelaide Raod, Dublin 2, Ireland


    (hereinafter "We").
  3. You can contact our Data Protection Officer at or by post at our address with the addition of "Data Protection Officer".
  4. We only process personal data in compliance with the relevant data protection regulations. This means that the data will only be processed if a legal permission exists. This means, in particular, if the data processing is necessary for a membership or online services, or is required by law, or if consent has been given, as well as on the basis of our legitimate interests.

2. Data processing when visiting our website

  1. During the purely informational use of our website, i.e. if you do not make a request, log in or otherwise transmit personal information to us, we process the data that your browser transmits to our server and that are technically necessary to display our web pages to you and to ensure stability and security:
    • IP address,
    • date and time of the request,
    • duration of the website visit,
    • time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT),
    • content of the request (specific page),
    • access status/HTTP status code,
    • amount of data transferred in each case,
    • website from which the request came,
    • web pages you visit on our site,
    • Internet service provider,
    • browser type,
    • server log files,
    • operating system and its interface,
    • language and version of the browser software.
  2. In addition, reference is also made to the cookie notice on the website accessed. Consent for the cookie notice is obtained separately on the website accessed. Consent can be revoked under Legal on the website.

3. Data processing when contacting us and sending information

  1. When you contact us by e-mail, telephone, via the website or via a contact form, the data you provide (e.g. e-mail address, IP address, name, telephone number or also the content of the enquiry) is processed by us in order to answer your questions and/or process your request.
  2. We send e-mails and other electronic notifications with information about our work (hereinafter "newsletter") only with your consent or legal permission. The newsletters contain information about our offers and promotions. By subscribing to our newsletter, you agree to receive it.
  3. The use of a dispatch service provider, the performance of statistical surveys and analyses as well as the logging of the registration process are based on our legitimate interests in accordance with the GDPR. Our interest is directed towards the use of a user-friendly and secure newsletter system that both serves our interests and meets your expectations.
  4. You can revoke your consent to receive our newsletter at any time. You will find a link for revocation at the end of each newsletter.

4. Data processing for membership

  1. Membership of the Lutheran Church in Ireland requires the collection and processing of the personal data requested in the membership application. This data is stored on the ChurchDesk server in Germany and can only be accessed by authorised persons in the Pastorate and the Church Council.
  2. We hereby affirm that the electronic data processing carried out by us is based on applicable laws and is necessary for the establishment of membership.
  3. Furthermore, the consent of the member is required for any further data collection. As soon as the membership expires, the data will be deleted, provided that corresponding data is no longer required.

5. Your rights

  1. You have the following rights in relation to your personal data:
    • right to information,
    • right to rectification and deletion,
    • right to restriction of processing,
    • right to object to processing,
    • right to data portability.
  2. You also have the right to complain to the competent data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your data by us.
  3. We would like to point out that you can revoke any data protection consent you may have given us at any time with effect for the future. The same applies to consent to be contacted for advertising purposes. The best way to do this is to send an informal e-mail to: The respective revocation can lead to the fact that our offers can no longer be made available to you or can only be made available to you to a limited extent.
  4. Insofar as we base the processing of your personal data on a balancing of interests, you can object to the processing. When exercising such an objection, we ask you to explain the reasons why we should not process your personal data as we have done. In the event of your justified objection, we will review the merits of the case and either cease or adapt the data processing or show you our compelling legitimate grounds on the basis of which we will continue the processing.

6. Disclosure of data to third parties, third party providers and third countries

  1. We will only share your data with third parties if this is necessary for contractual purposes or can be justified on the basis of legitimate interests under the GDPR.
  2. Where we use contractors to provide our services, we take appropriate legal as well as technical and organisational measures to ensure the protection of personal data in accordance with the relevant legal requirements.

7. Data deletion

  1. The data stored by us will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for their intended purpose and there are no legal obligations to retain them.
  2. The only data that cannot be deleted are the hand wirtten entries on official acts in the church records. However, inspection of the church records is subject to retention periods.

8. Final provisions

  1. We use technical and organisational security measures to protect your data, in particular against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or against attack by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.
  2. We will update the data protection declaration from time to time due to the technical progress of our offers. Insofar as the change to the data protection declaration does not affect the use of existing data, the new data protection declaration will apply from the date of its update on our website. A change to the data protection declaration that relates to the use of data already collected will only be made if it is reasonable for you. In such a case, we will notify you in good time by e-mail, on our websites, in our application or in another form. You have the right to object to the validity of the new data protection declaration within four weeks of receipt of the notification. In the event of an objection, we reserve the right to terminate the membership and other services by us. If you do not object within the aforementioned period, you will be deemed to have accepted the amended data protection statement. We will inform you of your right to object and the significance of the objection period in the notification.


Dublin, 10th July 2023