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A note to my friends

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hi all. Some of you may already know that the EU have introduced new data protection rules. So here in the UK I have been receiving dozens of emails from various companies and organisations who have updated their privacy policies, and with a simple click of a button I have been able to opt back in to keep receiving their emails. But sadly SparkPeople have taken a different approach and I was alarmed and dismayed to hear this from them on Tuesday,

"Hello, This is an email from SparkPeople to let you know that--later this week--you'll no longer be receiving our emails. 

We know that this is not what you wanted to read when you opened this email, but we did want to give you a heads up. We want to make sure we're compliant with the new data protection rules rolling out in the EU this week, so we're no longer going to be emailing users who signed up for our emails. 

But have no fear, there is another way to learn from our experts! You can find and read our best content by following us on Facebook, on Twitter or on Pinterest. Or if you're looking for a little extra inspiration to get you through your day, take a minute to join our Facebook group, SparkPeople Motivation, and get to know the awesome people there. 

While you won't be getting our emails, we still want you to be an active, valued part of our community. We at SparkPeople really do believe we're igniting a worldwide movement to help millions of people live happier, healthier lives, and you help make us stronger. 


Help! I feel suddenly cut adrift!! emoticon

I have always relied on email alerts to keep me in touch with my teams and my friends, so it’s going to take some major adjustment on my part to continue to use the SP. I won’t be alerted when people post on threads or challenges, when friends post blogs, stop by my page, send goodies or SparkMail, or comment on my friend feed, blogs or photos etc etc etc. My inbox is already looking very empty without all the SP emails!I hope I will still be able to access the website and check in on my teams and friends. But in case I can’t, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your wonderful support and friendship.

Love and best wishes to all,
Minnie x
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    I absolutely do not agree with Sparkpeople's stance on this. And it WILL come back to bite them on the butt. They are being terribly foolish by not complying but I put this down to their refusal to upgrade their platform - something they have been guilty of now for over 10 years.
    1103 days ago
    Hi Minnie. My Sparkmails are working now. Are yours?
    1114 days ago
    That's odd...and would make it difficult to work with SP. Please don't let it discourage you and cause you to leave. I choose not to get most emails anyway from SP, too time consuming. I just visit a couple times a day. When you do the friend feed, if you have options checked to be notified (see settings page)..you will see when blogs are posted by your friends. When o go to friends pages too or the teams I just look around to see what's up. Don't need tons of emails for that. SP seems to be cutting back on lots of things..we will be next on that option...you watch!

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    1115 days ago
    This makes me so sad and I really don’t understand all of it. Hopefully you will enjoy able to still stay in touch somehow. Unbelievable the way things are being done these days. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1116 days ago
    Hm - does this mean they won't be sending email TO anyone living outside the US? Or not even sending email ABOUT what anyone living outside the US does on the site? Almost half my friends live outside the US so if it's both, I'm gonna be very sad and have trouble finding the things I do by clicking on emails every day. Did they bother send this email to people living in the US? This is the first I've heard about it.
    1116 days ago
    Governments all over the world have been trying to get more control of the computers etc. This makes me sad, as you are not my only friend from the UK. Personally I don't understand the big deal since this web site is health related. emoticon
    1116 days ago
    emoticon I don't know the reasons why, but it makes me so sad. Will miss you if you can't be on spark. I have various issues with my spark page, some technical and other things. I lose notifications and such. I do the best I can and hope my good friends understand. I hope it gets resolved soon. Sorry Minnie emoticon
    1116 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/25/2018 4:10:06 PM
    I sure hope they are working on fixing this issue. I hope it doesn't take SP to long to be compliant in EU. I love hearing and reading from you and will keep in touch. emoticon
    1116 days ago
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    Hi. Don't worry. We will still stay in touch.
    I'm sure you can catch up when you log on to SP.

    1116 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear this! You are such an encouragement to me! emoticon
    1117 days ago
    emoticon i am so sorry! I know they are pushing their new FB page a lot! I started on that page and I am totally lost on it!

    I think SP is missing the whole point of what people like about SP!!!

    Oh Minnie I will emoticon !

    This is so very unfair!!!
    1117 days ago
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    This has me totally bummed out...I'm not been checking in with folks as much recently due to some personal issues...and recently I've noticed my email notifications when my friends list or blog has dropped significantly - guess I know why now...it was a much easier way to keep up with folks...I feel the same way Minnie...Will miss you and everyone else...take care & hugs to all, Kim
    1117 days ago
    I hate this too. So unfair!!!!!
    1117 days ago
    I feel heartbroken! emoticon
    1117 days ago
  • ROX525
    This is horrible. So sorry. Hope a better solution is found.
    1117 days ago
    Well, that blows. Darn it. I wonder if that also means that if you come here to post a blog, if I'll get a notice of your blog? Like will it work both ways? What will I do without your beautiful photo-journalistic journeys through awesome places?! I hope they come to their senses. And the whole, follow us on other social media thing...what's that about? Are they not going to allow you to use the website anymore?! And what about the app? Can you get notifications on the app? It really does seem like they could have come up with a more creative solution. It makes me sad to think of you disappearing totally from our Sparklives.

    Why could they just not send the notices to your Sparkmail inbox? Seems like an obvious solution. We got tons of privacy policy updates in the US, too. And my husband's data mining company that is based in the UK has been re-creating their policies. But to just oust people? That seems really drastic and very very unnecessary.

    1117 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/25/2018 2:54:35 AM
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