Your Explicit Consent is Required: Policy Updates & GDPR Opt-In for Subscribers
We’re happy you’re here, and thank you for responding to this post. Please read it carefully.
As of May 25, 2018, your decision to continue with us as a subscriber will require explicit consent, as your data will be permanently deleted by midnight May 25, 2018 in compliance with GDPR.
That means you must give explicit consent if you are to continue receiving our emails or any correspondence from us. Otherwise, we will need to kindly say good-bye and forever part ways, as you will be permanently deleted “forgotten” from our database, files, and systems by midnight May 25th, 2018. If we haven’t heard from you, we will not be able to reach you. However, you may opt-in via this email at any time beyond May 25th. Just know that you must initiate contact with us at that point, as there will be zero data retention.
What is “explicit consent”?
Explicit Consent means you must double “opt-in” to continue your subscription (sign up and confirm). You cannot be “grand-fathered” in, and there are no default subscriptions per “legitimate interest” that will continue. Explicit consent is “granular”, meaning we disclose precisely what information we will collect, use, and transfer; with whom; and on what terms, giving you the right and power to make a fully informed and educated choice in how to proceed.
How does the GDPR change the use of my information if I want to continue?
That is an excellent question.
For those who are not aware, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislated by the EU applies to any company or organization interacting with EU citizens — worldwide. We love it, applaud it, and are eager to comply, taking aggressive legal measures with firms here in the US and EU.
Companies who do not comply will not be able to do business with EU citizens. And if they do, the EU can justly penalize them for non-compliance, which is considered a data breach at that point. Companies who do comply bring the wonderful benefit of GDPR to US citizens and other foreign nationals. The GDPR puts the power and right of personal privacy back into the hands of the individuals to whom it belongs. For more information on the GDPR, please see the links below.
What will you do with my information if I want to continue?
Through an opt-in form we will collect your name and email address. That subscription is for a monthly newsletter, which is comprehensive. Our first newsletter will be sent July 1, 2018. Our goal is to send you quality emails that offer you link options with regard to the following: blog posts for the specific month, special offers, products, news, interviews, book reviews, and other company business. Instead of hitting your email inbox multiple times (which we believe is rude, unnecessary and counter-productive), we have chosen to give you one monthly newsletter instead, allowing you to choose the content you want to view within it at your leisure. Any other legal correspondence required to sustain a relationship will be sent as needed, such as updates to our policies, as the law requires. We will keep your information on file for the intended purpose until you inform us otherwise. And you always have the Right to be Forgotten.
If ever you should change your mind, you have the solemn and legal right to either unsubscribe, which simply removes you from our email subscription list, or have the “Right to be Forgotten” which permanently deletes you from all our databases, files, and systems — no questions asked.
If you choose to proceed, please do the following:
FIRST: If you should choose to continue with us, please make sure you understand the GDPR legislation enacted by the EU. We want you fully informed. We have carefully sourced credible information on the GDPR, and have taken aggressive measures to make sure we are fully compliant. In doing so, we have “weeded out” the talking heads and compiled a list for your personal reference below. We suggest that you bookmark these pages or print them for ease of reference, as questions may arise in the future. We also encourage you to do personal research on the GDPR should you have further inquiries.
THIRD: Finally, if you choose to continue with us, please fill out the “Opt-In” form below or to your right (in the sidebar) if you want to continue receiving our monthly newsletters via email. You will then receive a confirmation email asking you to validate that subscription choice. This is known as a “double opt-in” measure.
Here are some links that will give you excellent and credible information on effects of GDPR legislation:
INTERNAL (our company)
As a Christian company, we endeavor to earn your unwavering trust, not only in the content we serve, but in the manner in which we serve it. The security and privacy of your information has always been, and remains our top priority. We are fully invested toward that effort. Our desire to be GDPR compliant is therefore eager and resolute, and we are pleased to announce that we are meeting GDPR standards for compliance at present.
Please know, regardless of your decision to continue with us in light of the new GDPR legislation, we are humbled and grateful for the honor and privilege of serving you in the Lord Jesus Christ, and hope to see you on the other side of May 25, 2018!
God bless you!
Cheers & Shalom,
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