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GDPR and consent updates

Getting a lot of requests for consent to communicate

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GDPR query #1 of 2:

As I'm sure everybody else is too, I'm getting a lot of emails asking me to respond and consent to future communication. And GDPR is given as the reason.

I'm just curious really: does my business email or my business address really count as personal data? Can these be used to identify me as a natural person?

Or is it because the people wanting to communicate with me have no way of differentiating between business emails / addresses and personal ones? (And that is presuming that personal emails / addresses do count as personal data: anybody like to confirm?).

Or is it because these people feel they need to be seen to be doing something and they're belt'n'bracing?

Like I said, I'm more curious than anything else but it's just that this particular aspect of responding to GDPR all seems a bit OTT to me.

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By tom123
01st May 2018 12:29

Short answer -

GDPR applies to

[email protected]

There is no blanket - "GDPR does not apply to B2B"

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By adam.arca
01st May 2018 12:37

OK, not disagreeing with you (and the flood of emails I've received would tend to suggest you're right) but I am curious / bemused / whatever as to in exactly what way does

[email protected]

represent personal data?

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By WhichTyler
01st May 2018 13:43

Because Mr Smith can be personally identified from it so any information relating to this address is PD

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By adam.arca
01st May 2018 14:00

Well, I suppose it depends on what you mean by identified.

All I can deduce from that email address is that a certain John Smith works at Mycompany. That's not my definition of identified and, if that is the case (and I've no reason to disbelieve you or Tom), then it seems to me that the Data Protection Act has just been expanded to include a lot more than what most people in the street would consider personal data.

Anyway, it seems that my curiosity has been answered. Many thanks to all for responding.

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By johngroganjga
01st May 2018 14:51

I don't think it's only about holding personal data. It's also about what use can be made of it. The consent requests I am getting are about agreeing to receive unsolicited Emails - usually of a promotional nature of course.

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By bernard michael
01st May 2018 15:29

It's a great way of getting rid of spam e-mails

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By tom123
01st May 2018 16:15

The reality is that the legislation was drafted in a duff way.

I don't consider [email protected] to be particularly personal to me - but all the training has told me otherwise.

It is EU wide, so we are just stuck with it.

Old ladies will still get bullied into donating to charities - thinking of the tragic case in Bristol etc.

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By Slim Freddie
02nd May 2018 11:29

I attended a GDPR webinar recently and from what I understand you need to have ‘opted in’ or 'subscribed' to receive an email from a company. It will definitely reduce spam emails which pleases me no end.

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