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GDPR and all that

Jun 11, 2018
The GDPR deadline has passed. For many it has been a nightmare. We have all been inundated with e-mails from companies asking if we still want them to keep our data. For me, some I didn’t even know existed. Others, such as suppliers with whom we work regularly, are no brainers. In fact, only those with no brain would think for a moment that I did not want them to know who I am. But, that’s the law for you – it doesn’t always make sense, but we all have to comply.

The rules are open to interpretation. Some e-mails have asked me to do nothing, but have given me the opportunity to opt out if I wish. Others have required me to opt in or my services will be cut forever. Somebody has got it wrong. Perhaps we have all got it wrong. It reminds me of a favourite saying of my wife’s. “I don’t know what I want but I reserve the right to be cross if I don’t get it.” Nobody seems to be able to give definitive
instructions on what to do. But, if you get it wrong, they threaten to break you and your business into small fragments, set fire to them and ceremonially dispose of the cinders. What a world we have created!

At The Mover we have taken a cautious approach. In future our postal distribution will go to a company not a named individual. If you would like it to go to an individual, please e-mail me and let me know. I’ll see that it does and keep your e-mail on file as proof (assuming I’m allowed to do that). We have e-mailed everyone on our database asking if they still wish to receive our electronic newsletter every month. To continue
receiving it you had to opt in. If you did not, you will no longer receive it. To re-register, go to our website www.themover.co.uk. It’s very easy, but I’m not allowed to do
it for you. Thank you to all those who have already responded. It’s nice to know we are welcomed.

I don’t know how it will all shake out. It seems to me to be a regulation that is impossible to police and will do more harm to businesses than good. But what do I know? On 25 May we were compliant with GDPR, I believe. I suspect we were in a minority across Europe.

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