GDPR and the joys of mailing lists

Unless you’ve been living in a nuclear bunker since, well, 1989, you’ll have noticed that the GDPR comes into force later this month.

The new data protection rules put all sorts of new obligations on “data processors”, including website and blog owners. You’ll have had dozens of emails asking you to renew your sign up to newsletters and so on, I know I have.

You’re seeing this note, because you signed up for updates when I post new content on the site’s blog.

At the moment, this site uses WordPress’ Jetpack plug in to manage subscribers. As at the time of writing, that plug in has not been updated for GDRP compliance and doesn’t offer a way to renew consent. To make matters more complex still, I don’t hold any of your details; the subscriptions are managed entirely by Automattic, the company that owns WordPress and Jetpack.

For anyone who is interested, Automattic’s privacy policy for users’ websites is here.

In the short term, though, I will be turning off the updates from this site. Hopefully Jetpack will have an update soon, if not we’ll move over to another mailing platform. If you have any recommendations for managing lists do drop me an email at journalism at stephenpritchard dot com. Until then, I will push out updates via my Twitter account (@s_pritchard). Meanwhile, thanks for all your support.

Best wishes
Stephen