To comply with GDPR, Electric Marketing has carried out a Legitimate Interests Assessment which is documented below
Purpose of Processing
Electric Marketing has a legitimate interest to process personal data relating to decision makers and budget holders in medium-to-large organisations in the UK. The data is gathered from publicly available sources and directly from the companies concerned.
Lawful Business Objective
The processing is necessary in order to supply Electric Marketing’s clients with data for business-to-business marketing purposes; a lawful business objective specifically identified by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). Recital 47 of the GDPR identifies direct marketing as a legitimate use of personal information.
The data subjects are senior business people with decision making and budgetary responsibilities and can reasonably expect to be contacted with marketing material relating to their professional roles.
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The data collected is limited to names of senior managers and directors, their job titles, company addresses, company landline telephone numbers and corporate email addresses. If a person leaves their role, their name and contact details are deleted from the database.
If a data subject requests that their data is removed from the database, it is suppressed so that it cannot be accessed or added again at a later date.
In supplying accurate, regularly updated and targeted data, Electric Marketing provides a valuable service to business-to-business marketers. In the absence of Electric Marketing and similar high quality service providers, corporate marketers would have to rely on limited, inaccurate and out-of-date data for their marketing needs, which would have a detrimental effect on the success of their businesses and the wider economy.
What is Legitimate Interests?
Legitimate Interests is one of the six lawful bases for processing personal data under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). You must have a lawful basis in order to process personal data in line with the ‘lawfulness, fairness and transparency’ principle.
Legitimate interests might be your own interests, or the interests of the third party receiving the data, or a combination of the two.
Latest guidance from the Information Commissioner says that legitimate interests may be the most appropriate basis when:
"the processing is not required by law but is of a clear benefit to you or others; there’s a limited privacy impact on the individual; the individual should reasonably expect you to use their data in that way; and you cannot, or do not want to, give the individual full upfront control (i.e. consent) or bother them with disruptive consent requests when they are unlikely to object to the processing."
You can read the Information Commissioner's guidance on legitimate interests in full on the ICO website