Section: Data Protection
What do we do about the new Electronic Communication Regulations? Do we have to get people's permission to use their e-mail addresses?
guess, and this is a guess, is that we are mostly OK on
suspect that without exception we have people's e-mail addresses because they
have given them to us. Why would someone give you an e-mail address if
they are not expecting you to use it?
legislation is an attempt (a hopeless one in my view) to stop the wall of spam
to which many of us are subjected. Since most of it emanates from about
300 people, none of whom are in the EU this is unlikely to be successful.
But anyway, it is designed to stop people buying large lists of e-mails and
spamming them, or guessing at valid e-mails and spamming
of our activities fit into these categories.
There's more information at
at this URL which
is a site the information commissioner is pointing to from their page on this
issue at http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk/eventual.aspx?id=35
that you must have fairly obtained the data in the first
I don't believe most of us will need permission for most of what we do,
and I think the e-mails sent by charities seeking your permission are either polite but unnecessary, probably
enforced by an over zealous Data Protection Officer, or being sent because they obtained your e-mail address for a completely different reason, in which case they are quite correct to ask for your permssion.
- It would be sensible (and good practice in any case) to give some opt-out mechanism with each e-mail.
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