You may or may not have heard of the new data regulations which are coming into place in Europe on the 25th of May. These are called the General Data Protection Regulations. Even when we leave the EU, the UK government has confirmed they will keep these rules. The aim of the GDPR is to ensure that all your personal data is kept secure and that only the companies that you want to keep your details do so. As a member of the general public, this may not seem like something you should be concerned about. However, it is and I just wanted to do a super quick post to highlight why you do need to know about it!
If you are reading this blog right now, it is safe to assume you have an interest in animal rights or the environment. Or even an interest in starting to find out why you should care about these things. This means you probably want to be informed about issues. Right now if you are anything like me, you are subscribed to certain blogs, charities or organisations emails to get this information. Personally, I am subscribed to a lot of organisations who campaign for animal rights, I receive weekly emails from my MSP (as they often contain information on animal welfare issues in the EU Parliament) and various petitions to sign related to the things I am interested in. Staying informed on what is going on and signing petitions is vital (in my opinion) in allowing animal rights and environmental changes to happen.
So why am I sharing this with regards to the GDPR. Well, super simple if you do not actively opt in to these emails you will cease to receive them. Previously, things like this worked in an opt out manner, but the huge change in the law is you have to opt in. If you do not say yes to these emails you will no longer receive them. Every blog/charity/organisation you are currently signed up to will likely be in touch by the 25th May. Many will have already contacted you. The email which you get will seem like one you can ignore as it will not relate to any specific campaign or piece of information. It is certainly the type of email I would be ignoring if I didn’t know what they are about. If you ignore it, you will never hear from them again.
The point in the post today is just to simply ask you to read your emails as they come in for the next couple of weeks and if an organisation you actually want to hear from get in touch please follow the link and opt in to continue hearing from them. While I could be wrong I feel like animal rights and environmental charities may be loose a huge number of their database due to the new regulations which is for sure not going to help any animals. On the flip side all those annoying emails you get from every company you ever bought something from or sometimes even just looked on their website will now cease!! So make sure you opt in to keep helping the animals!