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  • GDPR – Foundation of much more to come

    May 25, 2018

    We’re happy to announce that we've accomplished a long list of steps to meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new EU privacy regulation which comes into effect today (May 25th, 2018).

    Some of the measures we’ve taken include:

    • Thorough research of all business areas impacted by GDPR – DONE
    • Appointment of Data Protection Officer – DONE
    • Complete revision of our Privacy Policy – DONE
    • Signing of Data Processing Agreements with third parties who process personal data – DONE
    • Creation of Data Processing Addendum for Publishers – DONE
    • Review of user consent to receive information – DONE
    • Applying principle to only share data where required – DONE
    • Briefing of staff with access to personal data to ensure GDPR compliance – DONE

    Making SpecificFeeds GDPR-compliant is a very time consuming process that is not just about May 25, 2018, but is about ensuring that we provide products and services to our users that prioritizes data protection.

    Also, it provides a solid basis for what lies ahead: we are planning a range of significant enhancements which will put SpecificFeeds on a new level. Stay tuned!

  • Update on GDPR

    Apr 29, 2018

    In the last few months, we've been busy together with our legal advisors to make SpecificFeeds fully compliant with GDPR, the new EU regulation. This post provides a brief update on the subject. 

    What is GDPR? 

    GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a new regulation affecting all EU/EEA countries and Switzerland, aiming to make the processing and storage of confidential information (esp. data which identifies persons, such as emails, IP addresses etc.) better regulated and safer. It replaces the outdated Data Protection Directive and can be considered the biggest change in data privacy protection in 20 years. 

    Does GDPR affect me? 

    If you're a publisher, using SpecificFeeds to update your followers about your new posts (which has many advantages), then the answer is a very, very likely "Yes!". That's because even if you or your company is not based in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, at least some of your followers are, and the handling of their data falls under GDPR. 

    What changes does GDPR bring? 

    Some "highlights" of GDPR include: 

    • Importance of getting consent explicitly: It has to be unambiguous that followers provided the consent to be emailed (or contacted in other ways) for the purpose you're contacting them for.

      It will not be permitted anymore to collect users' contact information for a certain purpose (e.g. for sign up) but then send them marketing emails not related to their sign up, i.e. emails to which they didn't agree to.

      And: their agreement has to be explicit. If you ask for their email so that they can download your e-book, then it is not sufficient to state at the bottom of the subscription form something like "By signing up, you agree to receive marketing emails from us". The user needs to agree to it explicitly, e.g. by clicking a checkbox. 

    • Possibility to withdraw consent (easily): After consent has been given, the user must have the option to easily withdraw it again (e.g. by clicking an unsubscribe-link in the email he received, which doesn't require any login). 
    • Right to rectification: The "data subject" can request that incorrect data gets corrected. 
    • Right for deletion: Users have the right to ask for a complete deletion of their data (also called "right to be forgotten")
    • Right for moving of data: The data subject will have the right to received the personal data conserning him.  

    If you want to know more about GDPR, visit the official GDPR homepage, or, if you prefer a layman's explanation instead of too much legalize, have a look at this easy-to-understand explanation of GDPR

    What are next steps? 

    We are working on finalizing our GDPR-readiness and will provide an update before GDPR comes into effect on May 25th, 2018. 

    If you have any questions about GDPR or related topics in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us

    Note: This article does not provide legal advice. If you have any legal questions about GDPR, please seek professional legal counsel.  

  • Work Less: Get More Done

    Jul 22, 2014


    We’ve discussed in a previous article how a 4-day workweek could result in increased productivity and healthier, happier workers suffering less from the effects of stress.

    Many salaried workers would jump for joy at the idea of a 3-day weekend, but what about freelancers and contractors, who work irregular schedules? And what about those people who are really passionate about their jobs? Not everyone works only for the weekend.

  • How Developing a Daily Meditation Practice Could Help You Become More Productive

    Jun 12, 2014


    What does the word "meditation" conjure up for you? Buddhist monks praying in a temple on the side of some faraway mountain? Indian yogis tying themselves in knots? Hippies in designer yoga gear drinking green tea and eating tofu?

    Meditation has long been known for its use in spiritual practices, but the practice of meditation has many benefits and is certainly not just a hyped-up, new-age trend. Once the realm of spiritual gurus and ascetics, meditation is now becoming popular with entrepreneurs, academics, and anyone aiming to achieve their highest potential.

    Google employees have the opportunity to attend regular meditation classes, and the number of meditation apps that are popping up on iTunes and the Google Play store is testament to how the popularity of this ancient practice has increased in recent years. So what's all the fuss about?

  • How to Achieve Flow – The Secret Sauce of Productivity

    May 28, 2014


    Most of us will be able to remember at least a couple of occasions when we were so absorbed in what we were doing that hours passed, and when we finally looked up from our keyboards (or books or musical instruments or whatever), we realised that it’s dark outside and we forgot to eat dinner.