Free help to leave religious cults like Mormonism, Scientology and Jehovah's Witnesses with GDPR
There are many organizations out there claiming to be the only true Church of Jesus Christ. They welcome you with open arms and love bombing. But once you try to leave, they make it as hard as possible for you and act in a rather unchristian way.
Leaving organizations like Mormonism (also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), Scientology or Jehovah Witnesses can be a lengthy and costly process. But surely it is a worthy endeavor which will help you realize your own potential.
If you have decided you want to be a member, resigning can lead to unwanted contact with Church leaders or members and frequent queries. Often the resignation request is processed years later or not at all. With the help of GDPR you can leave the Church quickly and easily, and it is forbidden for Church leaders to contact you during the resignation. We are happy to assist you with your withdrawal from the Church free of charge.
Please note that this is only available to citizens of the European Union where the GDPR applies.
What does the church do with you data?
These Organizations store a lot of sensitive information about you - for example, your name, address, date of birth, telephone number. If you have had children during your membership, also the names and dates of birth of your children. In addition, church relevant data such as your baptism date, dates of ceremonies, attendance lists are kept, members and missionaries/volunteers are given your data to visit or write letters to you. You are discussed in church meetings about how to get you back into the Church. The Church might also try to contact you to baptize your children.
For example, the Mormon Church has issued instructions on how members of the congregation should find out your address etc. to contact you. http://tech.lds.org/wiki/Locating_members
It is described that you should go to the last known address and ask your neighbors if you no longer live there. You should contact your friends and family to find out your current address if your phone number is wrong, contact your phone company and ask for the new number, write a letter to the old address and ask for the new address when you move, check your current address with the Residents' Registration Office, search for you on Google, use Facebook and social media to find out your current address, etc.
From personal experience, we know, that all these church like organizations keep your data, even if you already have resigned or/and have requested them to be removed. Data collection has become a vital and profitable business for these non-Christian organizations.
For example, the Mormon Church owns Family Search, the world's largest ancestry database, which is used to proxy baptize deceased people into Mormonism in their Temples.
That's why it's important to leave a Church when you no longer identify with it.
What are your rights?
As a citizen of the European Union (EU) you have the legal right to have your data removed from any organization or company.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information from individuals who live in the European Union. Under Article 17 of the GDPR individuals have the right to have personal data erased. This is also known as the ‘right to be forgotten’.
Here you will find a template for your letter of resignation, which includes a legal binding request to remove your data according to Article 17 of the GDPR.
Simply download the template and complete it with your details.
Now you can simply send the letter by e-mail:
Mormon Church: DataPrivacyOfficer@ChurchofJesusChrist.org
Church of Scientology: email@example.com
Jehovah Witnesses Church: DataProtectionOfficer@jw.org
If you like, you can send us a copy (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can support you faster if the church should want to cause problems.
The church now has one month to carry out and confirm your request.
Important: Try to document the further course of contact as accurately as possible. If the organization or its members violate the requests in your letter, you can file a complaint at your local data protection authority in the subsequent complaint.
If the Church does not meet your request within the deadline, we will be happy to put you in touch with a free lawyer and assist you in filing a complaint with the appropriate data protection supervisory authority.
This site is not owned by or affiliated with any of the mentioned churches or organizations above. We are a small but dedicated team of former members of the Mormon Church, Scientology and Jehovah Witnesses in the UK and Germany. We successfully helped many people to remove their data from so-called churches all across Europe and gain new freedom thanks to the (GDPR) General Data Protection Regulation.