The Data Protection Act

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

It will not have escaped your notice that there are changes taking place in respect of how companies and organisations manage the whole process of using our personal information.

With effect from 25 May 2018, the earlier European legislation concerning data protection has been superseded by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In response to this, the policy for the Province has been updated and may be viewed by clicking on the link below.

You may have questions or concerns in respect of how this impacts on your membership or the role you perform in your Lodge and Chapter. To assist with this, UGLE have produced some very useful ‘frequently asked questions’ and to complement them, the Province have issued an additional set; both can also be found on this page.

Additionally, all Secretaries and Scribes E have received a notice which they have been asked to forward to all their members and also to candidates at point of completing their Form P. This is simply a requirement to ensure that all applicants and members are aware of how their personal information is gathered, stored, used and by whom (see below).

From a day-to-day perspective, there should be very little change in how we manage and enjoy our Freemasonry, but the changes in the law do mean that we all need to take personal responsibility for how we use the personal information of our members and ensure that they remain in control of it.

The ICO have a wealth of advice, guidance and good practice on their website which can be found by visiting it at

If any members have queries regarding how the Province store and process personal information, then in the first instance, please contact the Provincial Secretariat who will be happy to assist you.

Martin Roche
Provincial Grand Secretary / Scribe E (Data Controller and Data Protection Officer)
May 2018

Data Protection Policy East Lancashire
Data Protection FAQs from UGLE January 2019
Lodge Secretary Notice to Members
Chapter Scribe E Notice to Members
Data Protection FAQs from Province May 2018