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11 May 2018

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If you want to stay in touch with us and continue receiving information about our latest leadership development opportunities, we need you to act now and confirm your contact preferences.


From 25 May 2018 the way organisations handle the personal data they store on individuals is changing dramatically thanks to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You’ve probably already received a lot of emails from consumer organisations you deal with - for example supermarkets, insurance companies and other retailers etc. - asking you to update your email preferences and read their new privacy policies. 

It’s no different for the communications you receive from NELA and we need you to actively confirm your subscription to our newsletter and other email communications. If you don’t do this before 25 May 2018, you will no longer hear from us.

Please do act now to confirm we can continue to hear from NELA about the latest leadership development news and opportunities. We would be sorry to lose touch.

What is the GDPR?

The GDPR is like a new and improved Data Protection Act that works for all EU citizens and British subjects (even after Brexit). It redresses the balance between you and your data and the companies that collect and process it.

What does it mean to you?

Once the GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018, companies must obtain your explicit consent to send you communications. They won’t be allowed to assume you agree to receive communications from them either – you have to absolutely say yes. If a company sends you emails without your consent, they’ll be breaking the law and be liable to large fines of up to 20 million Euros.

What are your rights under the GDPR?

You’ll be able to see exactly what data an organisation holds on you – and, so long as it’s a reasonable request, you should get that information within 90 days. By getting hold of this sort of data, you gain a much clearer overview of how companies see you.

The GDPR provides the following rights for individuals.

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

More information about all of these rights is available on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

What does this mean for NELA?

We cannot contact you after 25 May 2018 unless you explicitly consent to receive emails from us. We are contacting our entire distribution list to ask everyone to reconfirm they are happy to hear from us. We have also updated our online newsletter sign-up form to reflect the new consents we need from you.

Behind the scenes we are reviewing our processes and policies, and updating - and in some cases - deleting the data we hold on individuals.

And we have also updated our Privacy Policy.