Data Privacy Policy

The National Bible Study Club (NBSC) is a faith based organization that seeks to encourage young people in the study of the Holy Bible and the Christian faith.

NBSC respects your right to privacy and complies with its obligations under the Data Protection regulations. This Privacy Policy is a statement that details how NBSC will handle the collection and processing of personal information that you provide to us.

Data Protection, Human Rights And Child Protection

The Data Protection regulations convey certain responsibilities on organisations/individuals collecting personal information which must be adhered to.

  • Obtain and process information fairly
  • Keep it only for one or more specified, explicit and lawful purposes
  • Use and disclose it only in ways compatible with these purposes
  • Keep it safe and secure
  • Keep it accurate, complete and up-to-date
  • Ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Retain the information for no longer than is necessary for the purpose
  • Give a copy of his/her personal data to that individual, on request

The security of personal information is a very important consideration under the Data Protection Acts. Appropriate security measures are taken by the NBSC against unauthorised access to the data in its collection and storage.

A minimum standard of security will be followed:

  • Access to the information should be restricted to authorised staff on a “need-to-know” basis.
  • Manual files should be stored in a lockable filing cabinet located away from public areas
  • Any information which needs to be disposed of, should be done so carefully and thoroughly
  • Premises should be secured when unoccupied

 Where disclosing information might place a child at risk, then child protection considerations take precedence over data protection. In certain circumstances the Data Protection Act allows for disclosure of information without the consent of the subject, including for the prevention or detection of crime, or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders. Disclosure should be appropriate for the purpose and only to the extent necessary to achieve that purpose’.

Information we collect and use

Your privacy is important to NBSC and we are committed to protecting the privacy of any personal information you share with us. Any personal information which you volunteer to NBSC will always be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality.

Personal information that we collect and use includes:

  • information about who you are e.g. your name and contact details
  • information about your contact with us e.g. emails and letters
  • information connected to any Bible lessons a student participates in
  • information that is collected automatically e.g. via cookies when you visit our website, data collected by our email provider
  • information about volunteers that we are legally obliged to hold
  • information connected to any donations you might make (this is a legal requirement of the Irish Government)

Children’s Privacy: NBSC does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 16 without signed permission from the parent or legal guardian. All children under the age of 16 contacting the NBSC to register and join the club to do the Bible lessons MUST have their parents/guardians permission and their signature of permission is required. We will use the information only to send out the Bible lessons, information about camp, Crossroads Magazine, competitions, and any other relevant information concerning NBSC activities. If we discover that we have been sent the personal information of a child under 16 without permission, we will take steps to delete that information as soon as possible or get the permission from a parent or guardian of the child.

Where we collect your information

We may collect your personal information directly from you, from a variety of sources, including:

  • an application/enrolment form for any Bible lesson offered by NBSC
  • emails or letters you send us in which you request inclusion on any of our mailing lists or where you update your contact details
  • registering with us via our website or email
  • registering at one of our events
  • Volunteer application


The NBSC website uses cookies. When you visit the NBSC website pages, a small text file called a ‘cookie’ is downloaded onto your computer, tablet, or mobile device. This session cookie will only remain on your computer until you close your browser. We use this type of cookie to collect aggregated website statistics that allow us to understand how visitors use the website. This anonymous information is used to help us improve our website.

A persistent cookie will be downloaded when you first visit the website. These remain in your browser between sessions. This type of cookie will allow us to identify repeat visitors to the website. Persistent cookies are also used to allow registered users to use the site without logging in every visit.

Any information gathered from cookies on the website does not identify you personally. You may disable cookies but some functions of the website may not function properly.

Third party cookies

We also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. We use email service providers for email and services connected to creating and managing our newsletters. This allows us to communicate with you electronically, collect and maintain your consent, and to measure the interest and relevance of our campaigns.

If you click on the links to social media from the website (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Google+), the web sites you are taken to will place their cookies on your device. NBSC has no control over this.

What we collect and how we use your information

We take your privacy seriously and we will only collect and use your personal information where it is necessary, fair and lawful to do so. We will collect and use your information to:

  • correspond with you related to materials that you have requested; answering your questions or requests for additional information
  • send you information about NBSC and courses offered by us if you have given us your permission to do so.
  • meet our legal obligations, for example for tax reclaim from the Revenue Commissioners or volunteer legislation.
  • Provide you and/or your child access to the on-line Bible lessons
  • For internal administration

Where we process your personal information on the basis of NBSC’s legitimate interests, we will always conduct an assessment to ensure that this use of your personal information is not excessive or unnecessarily intrusive. You will always be given an option to restrict NBSC processing your personal information or unsubscribe completely from contact with NBSC.

If you do not wish us to collect and use your personal information in these ways, you have a right to inform us. However, in some cases it might mean that we will be unable to provide you with the service you have requested from NBSC.

Who we may share your information with

We will only share your information with third parties to allow us to perform the functions outlined in ‘What we collect and how we use your information.’

These third parties include:

  • Trusted partners who can help us maintain contact with you including email and data storage;
  • Trusted partners who provide web-based services such as the on-line Bible lessons database.
  • Revenue Commissioners, for example, for the processing of tax rebate on donations;
  • Law enforcement agencies where we are compelled to share requested information;
  • We will only work with third parties we are confident will respect your personal information

We will never sell your details to a third party.

Where your information is processed

The majority of your information is processed in Ireland and the EU.

However, some of your information may be processed by the third parties we work with outside the EU/EEA, including countries such as the United States. Where your information is being processed outside of the EU/EEA, your information is protected to at least an equivalent level as would be applied by Ireland/EU/EEA data privacy laws.

How we protect your information

Information security is very important to us and any personal information provided to NBSC is held securely, in accordance with the requirements of the relevant Irish and EU legislation. We implement a variety of physical and technical security measures, to maintain and safeguard your personal information. Security measures are reviewed periodically to protect the safety of the data you provide to us and ensure the data is used only for the intended purpose.

How long we keep your information

We will keep your personal information as long as is necessary to provide you with the information or service you have requested from us. We will only keep your information after this period to meet any legal obligations.

Verifying, Updating, and Deleting Personal Data

You have the right to access the personal information we hold on you.

If your personal information is inaccurate or incomplete, you can request that it is corrected.

You can ask for your information to be deleted or removed.

When you inform us of any changes in your personal data, we will update or delete your personal data accordingly. To find out what personal data we hold on you or to have your personal data updated, amended or removed from our database, please contact us at the address or email below.

A formal written request by the Data Subject, to our address or email below, will be processed as soon as possible, in accordance with our data protection obligations. Please include any details that will help us locate your data, e.g. your personal information and the date-range of this data.

Policy Changes

We reserve the right to change this privacy policy at any time. If we change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on our website to keep you aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we may disclose it.


It is intended that by complying with these guidelines, the National Bible Study Club will adhere to best practice regarding the applicable data protection legislation. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the information we collect and process about you, please contact The National Bible Study Club at Glen Maris House, Eaton Wood Grove, Shankill, Dublin D18 WK27 or email

Updated November 2019, May 2021