mod edit: This post has been restored .
Re. paying for downloads with personal information:
Since last Black Friday when my email client was pinging every few seconds with thousands of harassment emails, many companies sending more than 5 messages a day trying to make me buy stuff, or ‘letting me know about things’ I have been aggressively unsubscribing from everything I have ever subscribed to. I want my email address back.
Most unsubscribe processes have been good, however 6 months on, for various reasons, I am still battling with some of them.
While I am not saying you would abuse my information, I am afraid email as a marketing channel is 100% dead for me now and I have a very hard time trusting anyone with it as a result of this digital bombardment.
I am working on a system that will let me use a different email address for every company I interact with, so I am in full control. The moment I don’t want to hear from a company any more, I delete the account, or stop it forwarding messages to my main account, and they are left out in the cold permanently.
I think it’s disgusting that I have had to go to these lengths, but this is the way of the modern world. We must fight.
So, my recommendation is to do everything you can to remove the barriers to folk using your ‘free stuff’ or just charge for it and make your 100% compliance with GDPR very clear. Saying something is free when it actually isn’t just makes me not trust you @Flux302. Because of my experiences elsewhere, there is no way I am giving you my personal information for this download, I am pretty certain this isn’t what you want.
Apologies for the side track, but my little rant is over… feel free to do whatever you want, of course, this is just well intentioned advice, as you were