Sunday, 3 June 2018
GDPR and all that.
The General Data Processing Regulations (GDPR) have come into effect and apply to all businesses or individuals (you and me) with websites (Blogs) that can be reached (read) in Europe (the EU).
These Regulations are many and varied and are a good cure for insomnia amongst other ailments. My cat, who is so bored of life in modern Britain, decided to engender some excitement to his existence by reading these rules on my behalf.
I understand that, amongst other duties, I should not attempt to sell the e-mail addresses of my readers who subscribe to my Blog without their express permission.
My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to write to me; as some of you do from time to time.
So I tried to put this theory to the test and attempted to sell my e-mail address.
I went to the pub and as I sipped my pint of Guinness I sidled next to a man sitting at the bar and said, "Pssst ... you would like to buy an e-mail address?" He looked at me suspiciously and moved on to sit somewhere else.
I looked around and moved to a table nearby and sat next to another man and tried the same technique. He was from Glasgow so I thought it better to move away before he attacked me.
I then noticed a beautiful young lady and sat beside her. "Would you like to buy my e-mail address?" I asked. She thought I was propositioning her and told the barman who threw me out before I finished my drink.
I tried another strategy. I stood at the corner of the street and asked the first man that came along. He said that I was on his own patch working the streets mugging people. Then he added, "Come to think of it, I'll mug you!"
He pulled out a plastic spoon and said, "Your money or your life!"
It took me a while deciding what to do. I thought he said, "Your money or your wife," and as she was not with me at the time I did not know how to conclude the transaction.
He said, "Come on ... give me your money!"
Ah ... I thought, now he has changed the terms of the proposed deal. I put my hand in my pocket and gave him all I had there. Two coins ... a 50 pence coin and a 10 pence coin.
"Is that all you got?" he asked, taking the money and running away.
I thought it better to report the crime, because in the UK it is an offence not to report a crime to the police.
At the police station they asked me for a description. I said, "The 50 pence coin was dated 2012 and the 10 pence coin was 2014".
They said they wanted a description of the mugger. I told them I wanted them to return my money not the mugger.
They threw me out of the station even though I offered to sell them my e-mail address at a reduced price.
So, as you can see, selling on e-mail addresses is not as easy as it sounds. So I promise not to sell yours should you ever write to me or subscribe to my Blog.