Tag: Information Commissioners Office

What is ‘privacy by design’?

Privacy by design is an approach to projects that promotes privacy and data protection compliance from the start. Unfortunately, these issues are often bolted on as an after-thought or ignored altogether. Although this approach is not a requirement of the Data Protection Act, it will help organisations comply with their obligations under the legislation. The … READ MORE »

Privacy by Design, the new essential

If you retain email marketing lists the General Data Protection Regulations will have a substantial impact on the way you do business. Whilst the two years until implementation is comforting, what must be accepted is that planning needs to start now. One of the key tools in this process is Privacy by Design. I’m unable … READ MORE »

The 12 vital steps for email marketing

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a 12-point checklist in order to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Whilst the earliest the GDPR will become law is 2018, the ICO points out that you need to consider what changes you will need to make now. The steps are: 1/ Awareness, 2/ … READ MORE »

Email marketing’s compliance with the GDPR

Two months ago we mentioned that you should start preparing for the effects of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) soon. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has gone one step further and suggested you should begin now. For all of us in email marketing and data retention their 12-step advice document is a must read. … READ MORE »

European Data Protection Regulations

The European Commission has just published what is in effect a draft of the proposed European Data Protection Regulations (DPR), the replacement in many ways of the Data Protection Directive. It is not expected to become law until late 2017 at the earliest, and probably 2018. So why should anyone in email marketing bother about … READ MORE »

Look after your email lists

A fine of £130,000 would, you might expect, generate enough sympathy to leave some to spare.  The company suffering the fine was Pharmacy2U (PtU), the largest NHS-approved online UK pharmacy, following an investigation by the Daily Mail. The Information Commissioner’s Office could have gone up to £500,000 under S. 55 Data Protection Act and you … 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 »

Safe Harbour 2: the saviour of email marketing?

Things have moved on to a limited degree since the final decision in the  Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner case which just about demolished the Safe Harbour provisions for data transfer to the USA. In what is seen as a significant move, the US Congress has passed, virtually nodded through, the Judicial Redress Act. It … READ MORE »

Safe Harbour: light at the end of the tunnel?

The Judicial Redress Act 2015 has passed through the US House of Representatives (The House) almost 'on the nod'. It gives foreigners the same rights of redress against American law enforcement agencies if they violate the right to privacy of data.  Both houses of Congress are historically reluctant to allow those outside the USA equivalency … READ MORE »

No Safe Harbour and email marketing

Let's make one thing clear from the start: the dust hasn't settled over the ECJ's decision on Safe Harbour. At the moment there are accepted facts, some things which we can define as probable and others that we have no idea about at all. To make matters a little more complicated, there is a certain … READ MORE »

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