'OPT in for free ebook' method post GDPR

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Before GDPR you could give away a free ebook in return for the person giving you their email address with no option of receiving the ebook without joining the list.

I have been informed due to GDPR that you are not allowed to do this now, and must inform people that they will be added to your email list and have a tick box that they want to be added to the list. You are not even allowed to prepopulate the tickbox.

Just wondering what everyone does now?

Do people actually comply with this? Is there a way around this?
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    Just make your squeeze page so that the checkbox is required, that way it can't be submitted without it being checked(ticked). Then the user has to provide permission to get the freebie.
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    There are very heavy fines for GDPR violation in Europe and everybody's trying to be compliance
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    My question is still this. I am in the U.S. if someone comes to my site from another country they are then, for all intents and purposes, entering a site in the United States. So, what if I do not comply with europe and only comply with the U.S. rules and laws.

    It is the same as if someone from europe came to the U.S. and went into walmart. Walmart is not, by law, obligated to collect VAT tax or follow any european laws.

    There is so much conflicting information regarding this. We have all now added the GDPR crap to our sites but in my opinion we do not have to, it just shuts everybody up.

    Caveat: If I focus my marketing in those countries then all bets are off

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    • Profile picture of the author gabbydeb
      I totally agree that if our websites and our businesses are in the United States, then we are obligated to follow the laws of our own country, and not have to comply with other countries' laws. I guess the common thinking is that if your site does have global customers, especially if you have digital downloadable products, or anything you do to build a mailing list, foreign customers or visitors will feel so much safer if you have these extra measures in place. We Americans balk at being ruled and regulated to death, which is part of our cultural mindset, and that is not a bad thing, in my very humble opinion.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      My question is still this. I am in the U.S. if someone comes to my site from another country they are then, for all intents and purposes, entering a site in the United States. So, what if I do not comply with europe and only comply with the U.S. rules and laws.

      It is the same as if someone from europe came to the U.S. and went into walmart. Walmart is not, by law, obligated to collect VAT tax or follow any european laws.

      There is so much conflicting information regarding this. We have all now added the GDPR crap to our sites but in my opinion we do not have to, it just shuts everybody up.

      Caveat: If I focus my marketing in those countries then all bets are off

      al
      I believe you are impicated by virtue of your products being available to buyers in Europe
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    It depends on which market you're focusing on and where your server is physically located
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