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How To Comply With ICO Working From Home

It might be fair to say that many email marketing companies view the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) with a degree of trepidation. They take pleasure in listing the latest penalties they have imposed on their website. It’s enough to make anyone nervous. However, they normally also list the criteria they will use to judge you, … READ MORE »

ICO’s Approach To Regulations During Covid-19

The Information Commissioner’s Office has, presumably under instruction, accepted that those companies with personal data are experiencing significant difficulties during the lockdown; and none more so than us in email marketing. It promises to approach the law with all the flexibility allowed, and that it will concentrate on the greatest threats. It’s not a carte … READ MORE »

Everyone should make friends with the ICO

The ICO (the Information Commissioner’s Office) polices data protection and, with our, hopefully massive, email marketing lists, you’d think we should be wary of them but it’s just the reverse. We should look upon them as a valuable asset.  It is almost as if the ICO doesn’t want a lot of bother. It’s the easy … READ MORE »

When to notify the ICO of a breach

We’ve covered what constitutes a data breach and how to plan for one in previous articles. If one occurs there probably is a requirement to notify the ICO. In judging whether a specific breach needs to be reported it is not simply gauging the risk to your email marketing list.  You have to establish the … READ MORE »

ICO helpline

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 »

Clear gifs in email marketing – the ICO view

If you are unaccustomed to posh dinners, with serviettes, avocados and stuff, you might not know which knife to use with which course. In such circumstances it is a good idea to follow an example of someone hungrier than you. Many hosts, considerate of the feelings of their guests, might perform the role themselves. So … READ MORE »

Organise Systems For Easing Restrictions

Easter was a time to forget all about Coronavirus, as well as email marketing of course, and reaffirm family bonds. That’s what I normally do. This year has been significantly different, mainly because my family stayed away. We stayed connected though. When the lockdown started we all logged onto Zoom, the conferencing software, and enjoyed … READ MORE »

Post Coronavirus Exit Strategy

The government assures us that now is not the time to plan their exit strategy as there are too many variables. Others might think that, for small and medium sized businesses, now is the time to work out what you want to do, and what you need to do. Email marketing lends itself to home … READ MORE »

Be A Source Of Information On Coronavirus

Everyone will be concerned about the effects of Coronavirus on their businesses. There are all sorts of untested changes that they’ll be putting in place and many will be confused as to the effectiveness and legality of them. You could help them. They are looking for the most up to date, and dependable information available … READ MORE »

There Are No Rules When Writing Email Copy

In my early days of copy writing I did a bit of proofreading for email marketing and newsletters. It’s a painful way to get your name known. It is also quite boring due to how repetitive it was; the same mistakes were made time and again.  For the English language to retain its edge, it needs … READ MORE »

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