Today is the Day~ GDPR and Newsletter Compliance.

Written By: Jackie Weger - May• 25•18

GDPR ~  General Data Protection Regulation  and You.

The brouhaha is all but over. May 25, 2018, which was yesterday in the European Union saw the GDPR go into effect. For those of us in the USA, it actually doesn’t go into effect until mid June, 2018.  The best blog and information by an author for authors and lives in the EU is by Nicholas Rossis. Read it HERE.  If you don’t have a clue and want to be assured of compliance, you can hire Nicholas for an inexpensive fee to check your site and newsletter out.  Just letting you know I did, so happy to recommend Nick and his know-how. Moving on…

This is happening. I’m getting notices from those authors and sites to which I subscribe asking me to resubscribe. If  the notice comes from an eNovel author, I did the second opt in. All others, I unsubscribed. Not fooling with ’em.  But get this: I have unsubscribed and blocked a few promotion sites out of the UK and the dang people keep changing their name and links. I continue to get cold ‘calls’ to put my books on a site or add them to a publishing unit in Euro states. So what I want to know is: Where the heck do I file a complaint?  And to whom? I don’t know these people and I don’t want to do business with them.

Last year those of us with newsletters were notified by our newsletter services that we had to get in compliance with  the FTC’s Can-Spam Act privacy laws or our newsletters would not go out. It was a simple follow instructions procedure and most of us got it done. Every newsletter has to have a simple, single unsubscribe. Do that and you are fine. Find out what you need to know HERE.  If you publish adult content or sexually oriented material, you must state that so your subscribers know so.  That rule is speaking to porn and extreme erotica. Nobody is saying you can’t publish it~you just have to inform your subscribers and keep it ‘behind a wall’ as opposed to family friendly.

I despise sites that ask me to sign in to unsubscribe. Not doing it. I’m just going to tag those sites as spam and forget it.

What can you do now? Keep on writing. Stick to the good basics. Keep up with the changes in our indie industry and go with the flow. Indie authors are still selling books, making best seller lists and cultivating their subscribers.  Along this avenue of keeping up with changes I suggest authors join Author Support Network. The Network was formed by Marie Force and focuses on solving author problems and situations with Amazon. Guidelines can be found HERE. The discussion are lively and on point. Free to join.

I’m Jackie Weger, Founder of eNovel Authors at Work ~ a Resource for Indie Authors. Thank you for stopping by. Comments welcome. Be nice, If you can’t be nice, be articulate and add to the discussion. We love to learn.

@JackieWeger 2018

 

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6 Comments

  1. Emily Kaplan says:

    Great info as always!

  2. Great info-and many thanks for the kind shoutout!

  3. Traci Hall says:

    Thank you for sharing what you know Jackie!

  4. I appreciate the info, Jackie!

  5. Linda Lee says:

    Thanks for the helpful info, Jackie. Shared. 🙂

  6. Yep. GDPR has taken effect and I can finally forget about it, thank goodness. I spent days researching and tweaking to make sure my set up covers me legally 100%. And I can vouch for Nicholas Rossis’s helpfulness and know-how! He’s my site’s guardian angel 😀

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