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Not Happy General Data Protection Regulation Emails

Enough already!
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Enough already!
At least you can now unsubscribe from them to never receive emails again. :P
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At least you can now unsubscribe from them to never receive emails again. :P
..and as most of them I've received are companies I have never heard of
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I've not had one email about GDPR from non UK companies, are the French taking part Grim?
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They’ll be on strike, wait until they get back to work at Christmas the e-mails will start.
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Mostly UK firms I've never heard of or haven't heard from in 15 years.


Looks like UK companies have panicked As per.
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Tell me about it.

Right now I'm watching a bad training video that a company I'm doing some short-term work for (I'll be done by the end of June) is making me view for training purposes. I'm already pretty familiar with the topic, plus I won't be working for the company in the near future. Why do I have to do this? (And take two more ridiculous training courses that have nothing to do with my actual job tasks.)
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Ah, the good ol' corporate "training" to cover themselves if something crops up.

"But they'd done the ethics compliance training, so it's not our fault they bribed that guy ... "
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Exactly. It's all about ticking boxes and ass-covering and not actually doing things like managing people or running the business.

Based on its international reputation, I was kind of hoping that this was a well-managed, well-run company, staffed by smart, well-trained people who knew what they were doing. Nope. Silly me! It's as poorly run as the smallest family-owned business I've ever worked for, which, in a lot of ways, makes it exponentially worse, because this company really should know better.

(I hate to admit how long it took me to get through the sexual harassment/proper behaviour in the workplace course. I was working from home and my brother stopped by, asked me what I was doing--I was in the middle of the training module at the time--which led to about half-an-hour of jokes and banter about "appropriate" office behaviour, of the type that would be definitely discouraged according to the training module. These things really aren't as effective as HR departments hope. People who know how not to behave as animals won't cause problems, while people who prey on others will keep doing so, despite what corporate training is supposed to teach.)
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I've not had one email about GDPR from non UK companies, are the French taking part Grim?
Of course not - It's an EU regulation

And if we're leaving, why are we bothering?
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Well. It the US & Canada (3rd countries wrt the EU) are more or less complying then
I guess it makes sense for prebrexit UK companies to do the same?
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Since it affects any EU citizen, whether they are residing in the EU or not, plus any companies doing business with any EU citizen, it pretty much affects the whole world, including pre-Brexit UK.

I think Canada is taking it a bit more seriously than the US. I've seen instances of people setting up Canadian-based GDPR-compliant data centres, to ensure that data isn't in US hands (which could violate the regulations).

A lot of US companies seem to be taking the approach of not wanting to deal with any EU types, which has led to things like media outlets geoblocking EU-based IPs.

I do find it funny that suddenly everybody is panicking about this now. I mean it's not as if they haven't had months and months and months to get ready.
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Yes, they've had 2 years. Surely everything could have been squared away in two years?
And done GDPR compliance too.


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Ah, the good ol' corporate "training" to cover themselves if something crops up.

"But they'd done the ethics compliance training, so it's not our fault they bribed that guy ... "
Yeah, the not bribing people (or not taking bribes yourself) was covered in one of the earlier modules I had to complete. I mean, if not for corporate training, I would have gone about my merry way, bribing everybody I came in contact with using my billion dollar slushfund to fund my activities, because that's just how I roll.
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But sports ticket are okay to give/accept. According to the last one I did.

But given the price of the Monaco package Bazza posted the other month
I don't think the US-centric thinking is very helpful.
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Tickets fall under the "ask your manager if it's okay" category according to this company's rules. Everything, actually falls under "ask your manager" at this place that is so SO concerned about "appropriate ethics" all while being perfectly willing--nay happy--to string workers along in pretty much illegal or at the very least precarious employment situations. Because that's acting ethically. (Another rant for another day.)
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What I don't get is that some send me an email saying

"Check out our new terms and conditions (link) if you agree then click (here)." So - if it is a site selling me model kits (a hobby of mine ) I just click the agree tab without bothering to check the "new" terms.

Others ask me to go to their site and re-register after fully considering their new terms and conditions. I cannot be arsed for most of them - sites I have bought maybe one thing from.

The only one that I have felt really disappointed with is a legal form I have used and contributed to for many years :-

The Law Forum

It has now closed down and it was really such a good place to go for initial legal advice. I was able to contribute, although not a lawyer, with direct experience of my own and as someone with a career in solving tax problems.

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For the most part some of these sites have misunderstood GDPR or got bad advice,

The US sites geoblocking the EU are hilarious.
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Can anyone tell me if an e-mail been sent to AO users so that they opt in / out of this forum?

No, I haven't checked as it's easier to ask here, then trawl through 500 spam messages...
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The AO Forum doesn't bother with emails: just a pop-up every single time you open the site, asking if it's ok for them to sell your clicks to all their partners. My bank does it as well - not the bit about selling info, it's asking if they can set a cookie.


If you click 'Yes you can set cookies', can't they set a cookie to remember 'Yes you let us set cookies'?
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