GDPR – So Many Emails…..


Why the Hell am I Receiving so many Emails about Privacy?

Hands up if your inbox has suddenly gone crazy with emails from companies who’ve updated their privacy policy…it’s annoying, right? Whether you’re a regular customer or a one-off subscriber, you’re suddenly being hounded with emails saying the same thing. Why is this happening? When will it stop? What is this GDPR thingy and why should I care?

The reason for this mass mailing is because there’s a new European law coming into force on the 25th May. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means any organisation who holds data on their customers need to comply with the new rules. It will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and is designed to give you, the customer, and better control over your data.

The emails you’ve been receiving are basically telling you that the company has rewritten their terms and conditions in line with the regulations.


Do I Need to do anything?

No, not really. Though it may be a good time to review who has your personal details and whether or not you want them to remain with that organisation. It makes it a great housekeeping opportunity to unsubscribe from mailing lists if you no longer want to receive those type of emails. Don’t remember signing up for news about artisan bread eight years ago? Now’s a good time to say goodbye.

Most organisations will ask you within the email to opt-in or opt-out and if you choose to ignore them or choose to opt-out then you will never be contacted by them again. With some companies, I’m sure that will bring a huge sigh of relief. I mean, do you really need to be contacted daily with special offers? (Amazon, I’m looking at you). Though others you may wish to opt-in to avoid missing out. It really depends on your current circumstances.


What if I want to keep receiving Emails?

If you’ll miss your weekly newsletter from your favourite brand or the latest discount from Pretty Little Thing (we get it, it’s nice to feel the love when the “we miss you here’s 20% off” hits your inbox) then choose to opt-in to show that you don’t mind them keeping your contact details on file.


What if I change my mind later down the line?

You may have heard of the ‘right to be forgotten’ and this is all about your data. You can ask for your personal data to be deleted at any time if you’ve decided you no longer want to be contacted.

You can also contact organisations to find out what information they have about you – including how they got it and what it’s used for.

What data do Ambitions store about me?

If we have your data on file, it’s because you have signed up with our Recruitment Agency in the past. Unless you have told us that you are not currently looking for work, we will occasionally contact you with roles we believe are a good fit.

Your information is held electronically on a secure candidate database and used for the sole purpose in assisting you with your employment requirements. We do not share your details with any third parties unless we have your authority to do so.

As from the 25th May, we will no longer be able to hold this data unless you consent otherwise. If you want to be notified of potential job openings and have assistance with your job hunt then make sure you choose to opt-in.

All our latest roles will continue to be posted on our website so if you forget to opt-in you can always check there. And if you have any concerns about GDPR or how your data is being used, feel free to get in touch.

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