Email and the Law

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 »

The Google fine & email marketing

 The EU’s decision to take on Alphabet’s Google Search (Google) was always going to be viewed differently depending on which side of the Atlantic you were. When the US Federal Trade Commission declined to take steps against Google the EU took action.   The fine looks eye-watering; €2.4 billion (£2.1bn) is getting on for twice … READ MORE »

The election result and email marketing

Last week’s election result surprised many, not least Theresa May. We will ignore the machinations of party politics and the problems with forming a coalition and concentrate on what its likely effect will be on email marketing. Let’s start by saying there is no consensus. A few minutes rustling through newspapers and online will reveal … READ MORE »

Free offer

Email marketing is awash with free offers although they are used for what is always a selfish purpose: links, leads and subscribers. When the Information Commissioner’s Office says they will do something for us without charge, you might be a bit suspicious. The ICO has developed over time, and under their progressive new head it … READ MORE »

EU legislation for email marketing

There will be all sorts of legislative problems with regards compliance with EU marketing regulations once Brexit occurs. Some suggest that initially there will be little change due to the complexity of the subject. In other words, we will tick along under the current laws and regulations for a while yet. The European Commission has … READ MORE »

Opportunities with consumer rights

The Consumer Rights Act (the Act) has been on the statute books for over a year and it is remarkable that so many companies have failed to comply with its provisions. Casual surfing will reveal any number of offences and email marketing seems to be worse in certain specifics. Should you bother to check if … READ MORE »

Sweepstakes in prosecutions

The EU has recently concluded a number of sweeps of websites to check for, in the latest one, compliance with the Consumer Rights Directive (CRD), in particular pre-contractual information requirements. In addition to all EU countries they included Iceland and Norway as well. Whilst email marketing companies were not specifically targeted, we all depend on … READ MORE »

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