I'm at my desk in the warm, thankfully.
Data, it's everywhere: mailing lists, buying from online stores, and subscribing to newsletters.
The Society of Authors were aware these new regulations could effect authors (and writing related organisations) but all the information seemed to be geared to businesses.
A couple of days ago the latest SoA Supporters Newsletter arrived, and it included an update. and a link to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to read the guidance.
The link small organisations section is useful.
You need to look at the information for how it applies to your individual circumstances. If you have any doubts get appropriate legal advice.
Lots of authors have mailing lists, and some may sell their books themselves; writers' groups have membership details, so these data regulations may apply.
The ICO have lots of pdf links within their pages, and you will need to take a little time to find which bits you need to read.
If you look at the Guide to GDPR you'll find links to basic sections. And yes, you'll find useful links within links.
If you're using a mailing list service such as MailChimp, or similar, you aren't going to have the personal data of those who sign up to your mailing list*, but if you're doing your own mailing list and have the details then you need to know what rules apply to you, and how to store data correctly.
So if you also run a small business outside of your writing life, that needs looking into as well to ensure you're complying.
As consumers it's likely we'll all be receiving emails from businesses we might have shopped with online to confirm we still want them to send us information, receive newsletters and such. I know I've received half a dozen in the past couple of months, and likely even more will be getting in touch before the 25th May if their existing permissions need updating...
The ICO will be continuing to expand the information, so more may be added before May.
(* see this MailChimp article as there may be circumstances where you need to take action.)
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