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The following are basic questions you may have about our privacy statement. Where applicable, links are provided to the actual policy statements below this FAQ for further detail.
Why is Freecycle updating its privacy statement?
We now meet the high standard required by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and have updated our privacy statement to reflect that. We also continue to simplify language and remove jargon, to make our privacy statement easier to understand and read.
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR is a regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for everyone within the European Union (EU). And because we believe that all our members can benefit from its mandates, we're implementing it globally. The GDPR requires greater openness and transparency from organisations on how they collect, store and use personal data, while also imposing tighter limits on the use of personal data. Learn more here .
How often do you anticipate updating your privacy statement ?
We will update our privacy statement as necessary to ensure that our policies are in line with international regulations, our services and charitable activities.
What information does Freecycle collect about me?
When you visit the Freecycle website and access information, you remain anonymous but to become a member or make a donation we collect personally identifiable information that you voluntarily provide through our website or via e-mail correspondence. Learn more here .
Why does Freecycle need my information?
An email address and an ID is required of members, primarily so that you may then make and receive posts sharing items via email on Freecycle.org. Further information may be gathered should you make a donation to The Freecycle Network in order to process the gift. Learn more here
How is my information used?
Freecycle uses the data we collect for the following purposes:
- Member / User Support
- Service Improvement
- Future Services Development
- Security, Safety, and Dispute Resolution
- Service Performance Analysis
- Communications, Fundraising and Marketing
How does collecting my information help Freecycle improve its services?
We use the information to assure that the Freecycle.org web community is functioning smoothly and to make sure that we are offering you the best opportunities to share based on your geographic location. We also collect error reports, so we can make improvements to eliminate potential bugs and combat fraud. And finally, understanding how and when our members collectively make use of Freecycle.org helps us design new ways to make sharing that much better.
Does Freecycle sell information to third parties?
No, we don’t.
Can I opt out of sharing my information with Freecycle?
You may view Freecycle.org and postings without sharing any personal information. However, since we don’t request sensitive data such as one’s address, credit card info, etc., we do require a basic level of data (user name, email address) for membership with our charitable nonprofit and for making and replying to posts on Freecycle.org.
How do I delete my personal data from Freecycle and what are the consequences?
You can always alter your personal data or remove you account by editing your account settings here. If you have further account issues, you may contact our volunteer support team here. Please note, however, that by deleting your personal data your membership will no longer be functional.
How long does Freecycle keep my information?
Freecycle retains personal data for as long as necessary to provide the services and fulfill the interactions you have requested, or for other essential purposes such as complying with our legal obligations, resolving disputes and enforcing our agreements. Because these needs can vary for different data types in the context of different services, actual retention periods can vary significantly. For instance, we’ll keep all functional data on file as long as you have an active Freecycle account.
How is information stored and secured on Freecycle’ servers?
Freecycle is committed to protecting the security of your personal data. Freecycle.org uses the HTTPS protocol. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. HTTPS is often used to protect highly confidential online transactions like online banking and online shopping order forms. We also use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal data from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. For example, we store the personal data you provide on computer systems that have limited access and are in controlled facilities.
Is Freecycle using cookies to gather information?
Does Freecycle use interest-based advertising?
Yes. We work with third-party advertisers that utilize cookies and similar technologies to provide more relevant advertising about Freecycle on our website and across the internet. To provide interest-based advertising, the advertisers combine non-personal data learned about your online activities over time to customize the advertising delivered to you. We do not share your personal information to do this.
What safeguards are in place for children who have access to Freecycle services?
Children thirteen or older may participate only with the permission and supervision of their parents and/or guardians. If a child has improperly registered on this site by using false information or without consent, we will cancel the child's account and delete the child's personal information from our records. More info here.
How can I contact Freecycle if I have questions regarding Freecycle privacy statement?
If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, please contact us online here or at the below address.
Our Commitment to Privacy
In general, when you visit the Freecycle website and access information, you remain anonymous aside from capturing your IP address which protects the integrity of the service. We do not require you to register or provide personal information to us in order to view our site. There are occasions when we will ask for additional information, such as when you apply to become a member of a Freecycle group or make a donation to Freecycle. In these cases, we will only collect personally identifiable information (such as name, telephone number and e-mail address) that you voluntarily provide through our website or via e-mail correspondence.
We will not sell or exchange your personal information at any time. We will collect general information (such as the type of browser you use, the files you request, and the domain name and country from which you request information) to improve our Web site and better meet your needs.
Your personal information is retained until you choose to delete your account. At this point your email address and password are removed from our records. For further data removal of any remaining personal info, you may contact us.
Use of Information
An email address and a user name is required of members, primarily so that you may then make and receive posts sharing items via email or directly on Freecycle.org. You may optionally also provide your phone number. Your user name is publically viewable. No other personal information is shared and posting is double-blind until you personally choose to share your email address or street address, phone number, etc. with another member. We do not store any data beyond your email address, user name and, optionally, your phone number. Further personal information would only be gathered should you make a donation to The Freecycle Network in order to process the donation. As a charitable nonprofit, we also send out one fundraising appeal annually via email. It may be necessary, if required by law or if pertinent to judicial or governmental investigations, to release your personally identifiable information. If you have submitted personal information to us electronically and would like it removed or modified, please contact us . We will use every possible reasonable effort to comply with your request.
Children may participate only with the permission and supervision of their parents and/or guardians. Freecycle does not target and is not intended to attract children under the age of thirteen. Freecycle does not knowingly solicit personal information from children under thirteen or send them requests for personal information. Although visitors of all ages may navigate through our website, we do not intentionally collect personal information from persons under the age of thirteen. If following a notification by a parent or guardian, or discovery by other means, that a child has improperly registered on this site by using false information, we will cancel the child's account and delete the child's personal information from our records.
While Freecycle is highly selective about which sites we provide links to, we do not control these websites, nor do we endorse or otherwise accept responsibility for the content or privacy policies of those sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on third party sites.
Please contact us online here, or in writing at:
The Freecycle Network, P.O. Box 294, Tucson, Arizona 85702 USA