At this point in time, the website and content of chrishache.com is not a business; rather, it is meant as a resource for leadership thoughts, restaurant reviews, geocaching videos, etc.  I’m not even sure that it will EVER become a business!  I do use the website as part of my personal learning process should I ever decide to go into business for myself, or for someone else.  That’s why you will see elements of website design, podcasting, copywriting, email opt-ins, email campaigns, social media, etc. – these are all part of running a successful online business.  I know that I have many people from around the world interested in the content that chrishache.com provides (especially geocaching) so I have to keep track of global IT-related trends.  One of these is an email that you would have likely received many emails about – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being implemented by the European Union (EU).  To sum, this applies to anyone who is in the EU, sells to the EU, or has a client/email recipient in the EU.  In today’s global market, that means pretty much every website and email list!

What does this mean to you as a user of chrishache.com?  Essentially, you will notice very little difference.  I have added a “legal-ese” privacy policy page (aligned with the GDPR) that you can read at http://chrishache.com/privacy-policy.  I will be editing my email forms and opt-in pages to point out the privacy policy to ensure that I have your consent.  Now let me boil this down to what I hope is clear and as plain language as possible.  What HAS NOT changed is how I deal with your data – I haven’t done/don’t do/won’t do anything with it that I wouldn’t want other websites to do with MY data.  If I collect your email address, it is because you have asked me to send you emails.  If I collect your name, it is so that I can address you by name.  If I ask for your geocaching abilities, it is so that I can better understand who is using the website and as such tailor the content to you.  If you ask a non-personal question, I will likely turn it into a video to answer the question that you have asked and to pre-answer anyone else thinking about that question.  I hope that you get my point; any data gathering that does occur is designed so that I can provide a better user experience for you.

With so many privacy issues going on these days, I can understand why people would be nervous – I am cautious myself.  That’s also one of the reasons that the EU is implementing the GDPR.  If at any point you have concerns, please contact me at chris@chrishache.com.  If you don’t think that I am protecting your data enough, or wish to leave the emails just in case – no problems!  Just hit the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email – you will disappear from my mailing list with no hard feelings and my best wishes for you moving forward in life.

I thank you for your time and continued support of chrishache.com.

Chris

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