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Guidelines for Data Controllers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has just issued timely advice in the form of Guidelines (see below for link) with regards to the duties and responsibilities of data controllers (controllers) and data processors (processors) which is especially pertinent for those engaged in email marketing. The Guide contains a considerable amount of information on the differences … READ MORE »

Data controller

The role of Data Controller is to ensure compliance with the requirements of The Data Protection Act 1998 (The DPA). The DPA defines data controller as a person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal data are, or are … READ MORE »

Data controller and the email marketer

Data Controllers are defined by their responsibility, not by their job title. If a person makes certain decisions with regards to data then they are de facto Data Controllers regardless of job title. It should be understood that the Data Controller is the person responsible for how the personal data is processed. If this authority … READ MORE »

Data Controller

You might wonder, when you are offered the role of data controller, whom you have upset. However, the role is a vitally important one not only to ensure compliance with the requirements of The Data Protection Act 1998 (The DPA)) but to foster trust between customers and those who use email marketing. Section 1.(1) of … READ MORE »

Data protect – a warning

There is always something to learn from other people's success. You can discover why they did well, perhaps find a critical point where you might have formed a different plan. You now know what works. It is the same with the mistakes of others, even where their errors of judgement were clear. Pharmacy2U Ltd (PtU), … READ MORE »

Data destruction and email marketing

Email marketing’s dependence on digital information has produced situations where a word in common usage is just not precise enough. Take destroy for instance. One dictionary definition is ‘to ruin completely’. It is not quite that straightforward once we start storing data on computers. The data needs to be legally secure. The Data Protection Act  tells … READ MORE »

Destroying personal data

Always make sure that your clients are protected! The Data Protection Act (the Act) has 8 Principles, the fifth of which has the requirement that ‘personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes’. You must delete such data. Delete is … READ MORE »

Responsibilities for Data in Email Marketing

There is a certain degree of confusion as to the comparative responsibilities of data controllers (controllers) and data processors (processors). If you have data, you must have a controller. To put it simply, it is their responsibility if it all goes wrong. They have a distinct legal responsibility. Processors work under controllers. If they make … READ MORE »

Understanding data protection laws

One of the most significant restrictions on bulk email marketing is legislation. One of the most significant problems is that the words that are used are open to interpretation. The Data Protection Act (DPA) tells us that we must not keep personal data any longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it was … READ MORE »

The Data Protection Act – an introduction

DPA: three initials to strike fear into the heart on anyone with a business which includes processing personal information, including email marketing. But in practice it is little more than a set of rules which would be sensible to comply with anyway. It strikes what many feel is a reasonable balance between the interests of … READ MORE »


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