An acronym that quite a lot of you would have heard thrown around recently. It stands for ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ and applies to all businesses in the EU from 25th May 2018. Which means it affects us! And that’s all good news!
It means that your data will be easier for you to track and for you to control and decide how it is used. Potentially, this means less junk mail! It also means that you’re probably (ironically) getting lots of emails currently from businesses that have you on their mailing lists that you’d totally forgotten about - I hadn’t realised that we were subscribed to so many newsletters about community meetings and second-hand instruments!
What this means for us: GDPR says you must obtain freely given, specific, informed, and unambiguous consent from your contacts. You also must clearly explain how you plan to use their personal data.
I am emailing you for exactly these reasons, as you’re currently on our mailing list!
First off, thank you for being on our mailing list! The chances are we met you at a gig, maybe at one of our pop-up shops, a networking event, through social media or in response to one of our projects. Maybe we did your catering, you’re part of EPIC (Enabling Service), we delivered your training or you are one of our funders.
We send out Newsletters when there is News! We try to keep people up to date via Social Media and Blogs published on our Website, this means we will never send out vast numbers of Newsletters each month. Around 1 or 2 is enough. We want to keep you informed and invite you to be involved; we don’t want to drown you in unnecessary communication and scare you off! Honestly, we don’t want to send loads because we don’t want it to get boring for you!
We are, and always have been, very careful with people’s information. Receiving this email just means that you’re on our mailing list - the information kept on our mailing list is minimal and contains only the essentials. Just an email address, and in some cases your name. Every month we remove emails address from our mailing list so that we’re left with just the active emails. We will not pass on your information from the mailing list or use it for any other purpose other than receiving our Newsletter.
You will receive up to 3 more Newsletters before the 25th May 2018, if you have not re-subscribed by this point your information will be deleted from our mailing list.
If you want to subscribe to our Newsletter after midnight on the 24th May, you can always use the link on our 'Contact Us' page
Written and Published by Dom Palfreman