Email and the Law

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 »

A change in prosecuting practice

The EU has taken an interest in breaches of legislation of late, moving on from slaps on the wrist to fines of breathtaking severity. Their influence on email marketing has been considerable and recently they have taken a strong stand with regards websites. Recent results include four companies being fined a total of €500,000. This … READ MORE »

Take notice of the ASA’s notices

It was fun. The sign gave everyone who saw it a bit of a laugh and provided a talking point. On top of that, it demonstrated the type of premises, in this case an arty café run by youngsters for, it was suggested, the young at heart. It intrigued me and in the two minutes … READ MORE »

Pushing the limits in email marketing?

I was on holiday when I saw the chalked sign: Free Beer. I was intrigued, but from the start the one thing I did not expect was any free beer. As I approached the shop displaying the sign I could see smaller words chalked above each of the larger ones.  What was on offer was … READ MORE »


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