I am writing to tell you about a new European Union law that affects you and I. The internet and the corporations it has enabled has transformed how we live. We have never had the access to as much information as we do today. It’s all at our fingertips. As you would know from recent revelations about Facebook's flagrant abuse of it's users' privacy, our personal information has never been so threatened.
The new law is effective from 25 May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means everyone has the right to data privacy.
What it means for you and me
You must be on my newsletter by choice and free will. I have never added anyone to my list without their consent nor have I forced anyone to be on my list. If you don’t want to hear from me, click the ‘unsubscribe’ button at the end of every email. But unsubscribing won’t delete your personal data. You will need to ask me to do that (see 4).
I have to disclose the personal data I’m collecting about you which is your email address and your first name, if you signed up using my contact form. If you signed up through a Facebook promotion, I will have your email address but not your name.
My email provider, Mailchimp, collects information such as your time zone, whether you opened an email from me and which links you clicked. I use this information to decide what interests you the most so I can provide content which is likely to be of interest.
You can ask to have all personal data about you deleted. If you send a request e
ither to me or to Mailchimp, we'll delete all the data collected about you. But that means you'll be unsubscribed from my newsletter as I won't be able to send you email without knowing your email address.