Breaking up is hard to do – especially for my GDPR spammers | John Crace
This week I failed to liberate my inbox, and England expects … to go out in the second round
Like many other people, I received hundreds of messages last month from companies who had been forced to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and were begging me to allow them to carry on sending me emails I didn’t want. Unusually for me – I tend to delete spam without opening it – I did make a point of answering every one as it seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reclaim my inbox. It was a lot of hard work as I had to read the small print carefully. Some organisations asked me to tick a box if I wanted to carry on receiving emails whereas others insisted I formally ask to unsubscribe from their newsletters. AKA adverts. A few just wouldn’t take no for an answer. Having replied that I would somehow get by without receiving another message from them, I would immediately get a further email saying how sorry they were to see me go, was I really sure I knew what I was doing and they were giving me a final chance for them to stay in touch. The deadline for GDPR came and went and I looked forward to my new spam-free life. Only it hasn’t happened. My inbox is still getting clogged up with emails from people I thought had promised to leave me alone. Ryanair send me three emails a day offering me flights to places I don’t want to visit. Please stop.
Source: Guardian Transport