The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) places legal requirements on organisations that use any personal data and send out marketing emails etc.
It is up to each organisation to ensure they comply with the regulations and there are nasty punishments for those who don’t.
However, some scammers have been finding new ways to get at businesses over GDPR.
For example, by sending emails and letters that threaten action unless your business registers with them.
(see blog post https://fightback.ninja/gdpr-non-compliance-scam/ )
Some scammers check business names against the public list of those that pay the Data Protection fees but others are too lazy to do that and just send the threatening emails to everyone on the spam lists they buy.
There are of course exemptions from paying the fees e.g. voluntary and charity organisations are often exempt depending on how they do their marketing.
If you’re exempt then don’t be taken in by threatening emails.
If you’re not sure if your business is exempt then refer to https://ico.org.uk
Don’t be conned.
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