Churches & Non-Profit-Organisations

The confessional secret is based on a decision of the fourth Lateran Council, which is one of the oldest Data Protection Regulations and still valid today.

Nevertheless, Data Protection Law has, of course, also developed considerably in the two large Christian churches ever since. Today there are special provisions in both the Catholic and Protestant churches that fundamentally take precedence over the GDPR. This is a direct consequence of the constitutionally guaranteed separation of state and church and the resulting right of self-determination of the religious communities, which is also laid down in Art. 91 GDPR. The churches thus have the right to regulate their own internal affairs.

High degree of professional competence

As experienced Attorneys who are closely familiar with the regulations of ecclesiastical Data Protection Law, we provide comprehensive advice for dioceses, associations, corporations, foundations and other ecclesiastical institutions, in terms of Data Processing within your organization and in relation to your employees and members. If necessary, we also check any data flows to private or public bodies.

We can also provide an External Data Protection Officer in the church sector if required. A DPO in Germany, for example, is mandatory according to § 36 (1) DSG-EKD or § 36 (2) KDG.

The consultation and support of church institutions requires a high degree of professional competence due to its sometimes deviating regulatory content compared to secular Data Protection Regulations. In this context, you can benefit from our experience, our proven concepts over many years and our resource-saving Data Protection Management. Contact us and let us introduce you to a tailor-made concept.

Non-profit associations and organizations

Non-profit associations and organizations enjoy a number of special advantages, such as tax privileges. Nevertheless, they do not receive preferential treatment in terms of Data Protection either. Like any business, non-profit associations and organizations need a legal basis for every processing of Personal Data. In this context, any legal bases should be examined and, if necessary, corrected. In the case of associations, this is usually the membership contract in combination with the associations statutes or consent. It is of particular importance that all members receive the information for Data Processing.

In Germany for example, all persons who have access to Sensitive Data of members in associations and non-profit organizations must commit themselves to Data Secrecy. Furthermore, the following topics are of significant importance for Data Protection Law and can be tackled by our law firm: e.g. the use of social media, the recording of working hours, online training or video surveillance.

In addition, our Expert Team also has diverse experience as consultants for both non-profit organizations as well as associations. We are familiar with the interfaces between Data Protection Law and Social Law. Finally, we ensure verifiable legal conformity, which enables you to sustainably strengthen the competitiveness of your organization. Moreover, it minimizes risks for associations and their employees (including volunteers). Convince yourself of our range of services and get in touch with us to arrange a non-binding appointment.