OK, so I’m sure you have noticed that there is a huge ‘hullabaloo’ going on! It’s about mailing lists and data collected from websites etc because of new GDPR* legislation that comes into effect on 25th May, which is both complex and confusing.
I believe I am already meeting the new standards. Since I started a ‘mailing list’ I have sent my news using MailChimp, who have always been compliant with data protection laws and clear about best practices for obtaining consent and the right to opt out.
To be crystal clear…
If from the 25th May 2018 you are on my mailing list, it’s because you previously agreed to receive my news (e.g. by asking for it, subscribing directly from my website, or by leaving your contact details at an exhibition or in the process of a purchase).
- The only data that I have saved is the information you gave me, i.e your name, address, email etc. and any relevant comments.
- I never have, and never will, share this info with anyone unnecessarily. It will only ever be used to write to you about my news, events and offers or to facilitate an order.
- You always have the right to ‘Unsubscribe’ from the list (there’s a link at the bottom of every email I send)
To see the data that I hold, or to revise it, there is also a link to ‘Update your preferences’ at the bottom of every email. If you do WANT to remain on my list please click this to ‘refresh’ your consent.
I don’t want to loose touch with anyone, so I will NOT be ‘culling’ valued collectors and followers immediately just because they didn’t read an email or two, or are just feeling fed up with the whole business, we all have busy lives.
Of course, I really don’t want to send you mail if it is no longer wanted. If this is the case, please just unsubscribe. You will instantly be removed from my list and will no longer receive my news.
I know this is all a bit of a drag, so thank you for taking the time to read this! x
*The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, goes into effect on May 25, 2018, in the European Union and regulates how EU personal data can be collected, used, and processed.