Tag: Information Commissioners Office

How to recognise a data breach?

The first half of 2018 is likely to be dominated by the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The effects on email marketing are not overwhelming but there is a lot to note in the details. We will do our part in pointing out what to do in the run up to the go-live date … READ MORE »

Problems with patches for security flaws

You will have read the recent reports of security flaws in Intel, AMD and ARM processors that could be exploited by hackers. Not the sort of news to reassure any company with email marketing lists. Full details can be found here, including comments by users. The ICO website explains the situation in less technical terms … READ MORE »

Protecting your email marketing lists

You will have read the report published this year by the Google Project Zero team on vulnerabilities that, it appears, all modern computers are subject to. Email marketing, and any other business that is dependent on personal data, is under threat. The names given to these vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, are hardly reassuring. Given that … READ MORE »

Child safety in a digital world

Rumours can hurt your email marketing campaign. Whilst whether Freddie Starr did indeed eat a hamster might not concern everyone, when we are told that our kettles are spying on us as they are connected to the internet, can we dismiss it as easily? After all, there are microphones and video cameras in children’s toys. … READ MORE »

How to keep children safe at Christmas?

Those on your email marketing lists will have a certain degree of trust in your company, almost by definition. If you are deceitful there is always the unsubscribe button to show their dissatisfaction. So how much emphasis should you place on any inherent risks with a product you sell?  There has been a lot in … 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 »

How the GDPR relates to small businesses

Given that personal data dominates the email marketing world one would assume that most businesses affected by the GDPR have plans for the go-live date of 25 May 2018 or, at the very least, expect to finalise before that date. You need to have processes in place and tested by that date. But what of … READ MORE »

It is all in the detail

You might have seen the headline. The Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police had been taken to task by the ICO, and had been required to sign an undertaking to improve the force’s data security. Most would not have read further, despite the illicit enjoyment of a CC being disciplined. However, there’s much in the … READ MORE »

Data protection: what goes wrong

You might think that any charges brought by the ICO against a large companies would be rather too esoteric for an email marketing company. After all, it must be a technical infringement. However, it would seem that they, like us, make basic errors.  A study of the ICO’s actions shows that even institutions such as … READ MORE »

Right to be forgotten

It is probable that the General Data Protection Regulations will become law later this year and the implications for email marketing are quite wide, although by no means difficult to comply with. A few weeks ago we covered how the GDPR effects big data. The popular media have picked up on a different aspect of … READ MORE »

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