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2019 Awards

Please send in your award entries - we're almost halfway through the year (!) and while we already have some excellent candidates, we could always do with a few more. Email info@plainenglish.co.uk or get in touch via our social media pages right up until the end of November. Thanks!

2017 Awards

It's time for this year's Plain English Campaign award winners.

It's been a mixed year for clear communication, but as usual, there are plenty of things to cheer, as well as jeer.

GDPR help for small businesses

From May small businesses will need to be GDPR-ready. What does this mean?

The way companies communicate with their users, and how they handle and process the information they hold about their users, will soon need to change. This is so all company practice falls in line with new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) guidelines. The guidelines are EU-led, but identical guidelines will almost certainly be written into post-Brexit UK legislation.

Read more: GDPR help for small businesses

GDPR - are you ready?

You’re probably aware of the upcoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) deadline (and if you’re not, you really should be). But will how you hold, share and use information be fit for purpose once that deadline has passed?

Read more: GDPR - are you ready?

Christmas holidays

We will be closed for Christmas from 12:00 noon on Friday 22 December 2017, and open again at 9:00 am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

2018 diploma course

Our first diploma course in 2018 will take place on 21 and 22 February in London. Limited places available.

Phone 01663 744 409 and ask for Terri, or email her at info@plainenglish.co.uk.

Child-friendly Facebook Terms and Conditions

The children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has produced ‘child-friendly’ plain English versions of Facebook’s terms and conditions.

We’ve often highlighted the need to simplify online terms and conditions on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. Many users of those sites probably still don’t realize how their images and footage might be used once posted online.

Read more: Child-friendly Facebook Terms and Conditions

Hurricane of misinformation

Right-wing media representatives in the US have been rightly criticised for peddling dangerous misinformation about Hurricane Irma.

“There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda,” suggested Rush Limbaugh. “And hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it.”

Read more: Hurricane of misinformation

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