Tag: ICO

The options for 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 »

How will those involved in email marketing remember 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 »

The impact of the right to be forgotten

There has been a lot of coverage in the press and TV news lately on what they suggest is the new ‘right to be forgotten’, or more correctly the right to erasure of personal data. We’ll stick with RTBF for this article.  Despite most outlets focusing on the implications for social media, not only in … READ MORE »

Email marketing list attacked by ransomware

Recently we went through ways you can protect yourself from cyber attacks, particularly with regards to ransomware. There is a well known, and rather depressing aphorism that goes: A fence keep out only those who don’t really want to get in. In other words, regardless of what you do you still might be attacked. The … READ MORE »

Protecting your email marketing lists

Gloucester City Council (the Council) was hacked by, it is reported, Anonymous. It was fined by the ICO a not inconsiderable £100,000. This seems a bit like blaming a victim. Such a fine would be enough to cripple many companies. However, it is not quite as simple as it first appeares. The Data Protection Act … READ MORE »

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