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Despite rumours to the contrary, it is probable that the vast majority of email marketing companies will have to comply in full with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Whilst it is true that companies with fewer than 250 employees are exempt from certain provisions of the regulations, there are conditions which effectively mean that … READ MORE »

How the GDPR relates to small businesses

Given that personal data dominates the email marketing world one would assume that most businesses affected by the GDPR have plans for the go-live date of 25 May 2018 or, at the very least, expect to finalise before that date. You need to have processes in place and tested by that date. But what of … READ MORE »

It is all in the detail

You might have seen the headline. The Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police had been taken to task by the ICO, and had been required to sign an undertaking to improve the force’s data security. Most would not have read further, despite the illicit enjoyment of a CC being disciplined. However, there’s much in the … READ MORE »

What the GDPR means for email marketing?

We covered the legal meaning of the GDPR’s right to be forgotten in a recent article. It can be summarised as an individual can demand of a company that their personal data be erased. Whilst there are times when this can be refused they are specific and limited. What we need to know is what … READ MORE »

Right to be forgotten

It is probable that the General Data Protection Regulations will become law later this year and the implications for email marketing are quite wide, although by no means difficult to comply with. A few weeks ago we covered how the GDPR effects big data. The popular media have picked up on a different aspect of … READ MORE »

How to protect your email lists from GDPR

The GDPR gives individuals the right, free of charge, to access their personal data by electronic means and to rectify or delete it. They also should be able to verify how their data is processed. There is a limitation imposed that individuals may only do so at reasonable intervals. You may be concerned for the … READ MORE »

The impact of the right to be forgotten

There has been a lot of coverage in the press and TV news lately on what they suggest is the new ‘right to be forgotten’, or more correctly the right to erasure of personal data. We’ll stick with RTBF for this article.  Despite most outlets focusing on the implications for social media, not only in … READ MORE »

Email marketing list attacked by ransomware

Recently we went through ways you can protect yourself from cyber attacks, particularly with regards to ransomware. There is a well known, and rather depressing aphorism that goes: A fence keep out only those who don’t really want to get in. In other words, regardless of what you do you still might be attacked. The … READ MORE »

Protecting your email marketing lists

Gloucester City Council (the Council) was hacked by, it is reported, Anonymous. It was fined by the ICO a not inconsiderable £100,000. This seems a bit like blaming a victim. Such a fine would be enough to cripple many companies. However, it is not quite as simple as it first appeares. The Data Protection Act … READ MORE »

Email marketing and the Google fine

Any company with an internet presence depends to a greater or lesser extent on search engine results and for the EU, this means Google Search. It dominates Europe. This means, of course, that email marketing companies will suffer if its systems aren’t fair.  Google has a monopoly position under the legal definition. There are other … READ MORE »

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