Tag: ICO

DPIA And Its Impact On Email Marketing

Data protection regulations can be seen as the bane of anyone who collects or maintains personal data. We, with our dependence on email marketing lists, have to make a considerable investment with regards to research and training staff, so being told by the ICO that we might need to make a Data Protection Impact Assessment … 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 »

Brexit: Reassure Your Customers

The Brexit vote on 12 March was critical. It is likely to have an effect on business opportunities, your ROI and how you run your email marketing campaigns. Regardless of what happens from now on, it is a watershed moment for all of us. It will give your customers a great deal of concern for … READ MORE »

Email marketing in the event of a no deal Brexit

As nothing has been decided yet, there might seem little point in an article on what will happen on 29 March to the email marketing industry in this country. However, some things are clear; there are three options ‘on the table’. There might be more but let’s go through the main ones. No Brexit If … READ MORE »

A look back at email marketing in 2018

This time last year, almost all email marketing commentators and bloggers would have suggested that the then soon to arrive General Data Protection Regulations would be the big thing for 2018. I’m not only saying this to show how prescient I was. Everyone said it. We were proved right of course. What few suggested was … READ MORE »

GDPR and how it does not affect Christmas

I know you are not that interested in my problems, not with Christmas coming and not knowing if Brexit is, but getting known as a writer on the GDPR and email marketing has a certain downside this time of the year. I’m being pointed to as the bloke who told the headmistress of my grandchildren’s … READ MORE »

Password protect your email marketing lists

There are no specified requirements in the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) regarding passwords. This is not necessarily the good news that it might seem initially. If there were detailed requirements then all you would have to do is to conform to them and everything would be fine. The lack of precision means that critical decisions … READ MORE »

Protect your email marketing lists from cyber attack

A fundamental requirement of email marketing is to ensure our security systems are up to date. However, we react to threats so are always one step behind the hackers. What we view as cutting edge is a solution to yesterday’s problem.  You are not doubt reassured that your security systems, which deny access by way … READ MORE »

Do you need to assign a Data Protection Officer?

The good news is that you almost certainly do not. There is no requirement for a Data Protection Officer (DPO) just for email marketing lists and various HR functions unless you are a public authority, track online behaviour or process special categories. If in doubt go to:  So that’s it, you might think; no wasted … 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 »

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