An important message to subscribers
As everyone will be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation comes into operation on 25 May. In terms of how that event affects this blog:
- We currently hold the e-mail addresses of those who have registered to receive e-mail updates, but not their names.
- We do not have the e-mail addresses of those who have subscribed via WordPress.
- We hold no other personal data on subscribers.
- We assume that, for the purposes of the GDPR, we have a legitimate interest in holding that information and that subscribers recognise that interest.
- We therefore propose to delete the e-mail addresses of all existing e-mail subscribers on 24 May, which means that those who wish to continue receving e-mail notifications will have to subscribe afresh.
- We shall take resubscription to signify informed consent to our holding the e-mail addresses of individual subscribers on our system.
- We only communicate with subscribers by e-mail and not by any other means.
Three people have access to the e-mail addresses on the back end of WordPress: ourselves and our website designer.
Because we are not a commercial operation – we don’t charge for access and we don’t take advertising – we appear to be exempted from the requirement to register with the ICO, but we are actively considering the possibility of registering voluntarily.
At the moment, we occasionally include announcements about new publications and conferences for which there is a charge. We shall not do so in future, in case we inadvertently fall foul of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.
Frank Cranmer & David Pocklington