The General Data Protection Regulation came into operation on 25 May, and this statement outlines how we now treat personal data.
- All information held by L&RUK on subscribers prior to midnight 24 May 2018 has been deleted.
- From 25 May 2018, those wishing to continue receiving e-mail notifications must subscribe afresh.
- Re-subscription, and new subscriptions post-midnight 24 May 2018, is made on the basis that this is informed consent to L&RUK holding the e-mail addresses of individual subscribers on its system.
- We only hold the e-mail addresses of those who have registered/re-registered to receive e-mail updates; we hold no other personal data on subscribers; we do not have access to e-mail addresses of those who have subscribed via WordPress.
- We only communicate with subscribers by e-mail and not by any other means
- For the purposes of the GDPR, we understand that we have a legitimate interest in holding that information and that subscribers recognise that interest.
- Three people have access to the e-mail addresses on the back end of WordPress: ourselves and our website designer.
- L&RUK is not a commercial operation – it does not charge for access and we do not take advertising – and we therefore appear to be exempted from the requirement to register with the ICO; we are, however, actively considering the possibility of voluntary registration.
- Prior to 25 May 2018, our posts occasionally included announcements about new publications and conferences for which there is a charge. Until there is clarification on the application of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations in this area, we will not include such announcements.
- We are currently revising the format of the blog and will include a specific “unsubscribe” option on the Home Page; until then, readers wishing to unsubscribe should do so via the Comments option at the bottom right-hand corner of the Home Page, see extract below:
Frank Cranmer and David Pocklington
25 May 2018