GDPR And Authors: What You Need To Know

GDPR Update, reblogged from the estimable Nicholas Rossis.

Nicholas C. Rossis

I’ve received quite a few inquiries regarding the new European Union privacy legislation known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). GDPR comes into effect on May 25, 2018. This regulation initially impacts European Union member countries and aims to protect people from companies selling personal data. To do this, it regulates the use of people’s personal data online and aims at ensuring that every business storing an individual’s personal information has their prior consent. Furthermore, people have the right to know which data is stored and to ask for their removal.

Does That Affect My Newsletter?

GDPR and authors | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Pixabay

The first question in most authors’ minds is: how does this affect my newsletter? There are four points to remember here:

First of all, if you’re in the US contacting solely Americans, you’re covered by the CAN-SPAM regulation; not GDPR. However, if you’re also addressing Europeans, you must enforce GDPR. In other words, the…

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25 thoughts on “GDPR And Authors: What You Need To Know

        1. You have to have a floating warning at the bottom of your site, for people to accept or decline cookies. I have mine set to the minimum appearance time possible. I forget how I did it now, but Jude will know! 🙂

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    1. I read about it on other blogs, and almost considered giving up. Then I was told that it is WP that collects the data, not me, so should not be my responsibility. Hope that’s the case. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I’m not an author either, BF. I am still expecting WP to come up with something, and will also blunder on in the same old way, until told otherwise.
      But I think these tips might be useful for many followers of this blog. Those who have written books, or run book-promotion websites and blogs.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. A few years ago, I still liked the EU. Meanwhile, I agree with most my friends from the IT scene that there are mostly only incapable people sitting there. This amendment is the greatest weakness of all time. If it had gone to the EU, we would not have the Internet at all. Here we have to thank DARPA, a research facility of the US Department of Defense. And the Internet is more than ever military influenced. 😉 Michael

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