Now that the EU’s infamous GDPR has taken effect, and because its territorial reach is defined by the domicile of the audience for online publications  such as Adam Smith, Esq.–we have tens and tens of thousands of readers who live in the EU– and not the location of the business itself (New York), in perhaps an excess of caution we chose to outline our Privacy Policy per GDPR requirements.  Mercifully, it’s short.

For clarity and ease of reference, this follows a widely used guide to GDPR compliance, which constitutes the questions that follow. Our actual policy is our answers to those questions.

Who is collecting the data?

We actually collect no data whatsoever from readers of our site. If we id, “we” would be Adam Smith, Esq., LLC, a New York limited liability corporation, but we don’t so we is a rather undefined concept.

Readers can voluntarily opt in to subscribe to our periodic email messages, but data  you provide for that purpose is collected and maintained by MailChimp, not us. Their privacy policy is here.

What data is being collected?

By us:  None. Zero. Nada.

What is the legal basis for processing the data?

We have not researched possible  legal bases for data processing because we have no data to process, so we would have no idea what the legal basis might be for something we don’t do.

Will the data be shared with any third parties?

Although we don’t house or maintain any data ourselves, we obviously have access to the MailChimp data referred to above.  As far as that goes, we do not and will not:

  • share, rent, sell, lend, barter, assign, disclose, release, grant access to, etc.,etc.
  • that data in any way, shape, or form,
  • to anyone living or dead or yet to be born, not for love and not for money.

How will the information be used?

To send emails to all opted-in subscribers, who can also unsubscribe at will.

How long will the data be stored for?

Not sure; see the MailChimp policy, which like all such policies written by presumably competent counsel, is subject to change.

What rights does the data subject have?

See above.

How can the data subject raise a complaint?

See above.

We hope you have enjoyed this tour through GDPR compliance as much as we have, We’re feeling much better, thank you.


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