The deluge of GDPR emails has finally dried up, thank the Lord. For the uninitiated, GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. It’s the latest wheeze from the European Union intended to strengthen the law about the collection, privacy, security and retention of personal data. The new rules are fairly straightforward, if a little OTT – like so much that comes out of Brussels. I’m all for protecting the little person from the exploitation of corporate bigwigs but I can’t help thinking the reputable will comply, the disreputable won’t bother and those squeezed in the middle will be bewildered – think brown owl trying to chivvy up the girl guides or some poor sod juggling the mailing list of a local am-dram society. I doubt it will stop nuisance calls from India or spam emails from God knows where. A case in point was the mailshot that recently dropped into my inbox from a US company. They were trying to flog me such must-have products as a concealed ankle holster perfect for a sneaky armed robbery, a decorative bracelet knife because Saturday night’s alright for fighting and a magnetised holder for the loaded pistol I keep under the sink next to the Fairy Liquid (that’s a joke, obviously). Every trailer should have one. Did I subscribe to this crap? Nope. Did I unsubscribe straightaway? Yep. Will it make the slightest bit of difference? Not a chance.
If you like to see my own half-cocked GDPR kinda-compliant privacy thingy, you can see it here. Happy reading.
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Thank goodness the US instituted a “do not call” list many years back. It has worked fairly well. It doesn’t cover not-for-profits or political polls and fundraising though. Fundraisers have some restrictions because I get, and I don’t mind the political polls because I enjoy expressing my opinion regarding that fool in Washington and my non-middle-of-the-road opinions.
Sadly, it’s not covered under this law. However, it’s a chunk meal includes a self stamped addressed envelope for my ease of response, I simply take everything they sent me, stuff it into the reply envelope, and send it off.
We have the same kind of system but it doesn’t stop the calls from India 😦
OMG, only in the US. Not mine, but Lisa has family that probably own that stuff. 😂
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