What does GDPR mean for domain brokerage newsletters?

It’s hard to ignore the impact that GDPR is already having on just about everyone in every industry. In the domain industry one group I think it likely to see some short-term impact is domain brokers. First let me say I don’t mean that domain brokers as a whole are not going to be able to sell domains, I think the top brokers will continue to kick ass and take names like they always have.

At the same time, I do think there are some complexities that are going to arise when it comes to sending out emails to an existing list of potential domain buyers, and here’s why:

A common misconception about the GDPR is that it is for European companies. In fact, the GDPR covers any company that collects data from European Union citizens, which is to say most every publisher. Publishers have liability if they have any EU citizens on their email newsletter lists. Under GDPR rules, publishers must be able to point to a specific date when a reader affirmatively consented to have their data used by publishers. That covers all email subscribers, not just those acquired after the GDPR takes effect on May 25.

Most publishers don’t have those dates on file, particularly for email subscribers they’ve had for years, which presents them with an uncomfortable choice: Send an email asking European newsletter audiences to opt back in, risking a percentage of their subscriber base dropping out, or do nothing and hope the law is enforced for bigger violations. (Source DIGIDAY)

Of course it’s relatively easy to get some part of a newsletter back, but getting 100% of the subscribers to be on solid footing with regards to GDPR will often mean asking everyone to approve their opt-in, again. I have already seen a number of emails from newsletter I’ve subscribed to warning me that if I don’t opt in, again, then I won’t get their newsletter any more.

I don’t think anyone knows what kind of attrition newsletters in general are going to see but I wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers are high. Like the quote above says, a lot of people think that this only applies to companies in Europe but the reality is that mot newsletters have European subscribers which means they need to be GDRP compliant.

What do you think? Will GDPR impact domain brokers or is this a minor challenge that we’ll all forget about a few months from now?

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Morgan Linton was born in Berkeley, California but spent nine years traveling the world as an early employee for digital music startup Sonos. In 2007 Morgan founded Linton Investments, a domain name and branding company that has helped some of the most recognized startups in the world acquire their top choice domain name. In 2012 Morgan left his full-time job to co-found Bold Metrics, a startup building technologies that make it easy for online shoppers to buy clothes that fit and arming retailers with more data than ever before.

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  • Jose June 3, 2018, 5:39 pm

    The GDPR is a problem for the EU and also for other countries, this GDPR has been made to save the personal data of the users of the social network Facebook US company in the EU that unveiled millions of data equal in proportion to the problems of US and EU users.

    The CEO and Founder of Facebook had to give explanations in the Congress of the US and in the EU last month.

    DIGIDAY is a medium of the United Kingdom which due to the chaos of the British Pound currency with the Brexit have decided to leave the EU the UK government, it is very normal to see problems in the GDPR in the UK, which never wish to enter in the EU and if it did it was to divert public money and that now must return to the EU. and devido to the economic return of the year 2016 when winning with the vote the Brexit, this is the problem of the media of the UK, they must write badly of the EU, but not of Facebook that also UK users see their personal data damaged.


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