Disclaimer, Safety and Privacy
DISCLAIMER: Freegle puts people who have unwanted items in touch with people who want those items. Because of how it works, Freegle never sees or checks items and they may not be in working order. Posting an advert or responding to an advert does not guarantee you will be able to get rid of unwanted items or get the items you want. Any agreement you reach about any items will be between the person requesting or advertising items and you. It is your responsibility to ensure you are not breaking any laws in offering or getting goods through Freegle.
SAFETY NOTICE: Members of Freegle groups use them entirely at their own risk. Please take all reasonable measures to protect yourself and your family’s safety and privacy when posting to the list or collecting an item.
SCAMS: Occasionally online scammers target Freegle groups, often by offering high-value items, and then asking you to pay for courier charges. While some groups allow postage, you should never hand over money in advance, and Freegle does not recommend any specific courier (so if you see a message saying we do, it’s a scam). If you are unlucky enough be scammed, please report it to the Police, and also via our Contact Form.
BE NICE: All items must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. Your posts to the group and replies should be polite. Please make every effort to keep appointments. Objectionable content or behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in your immediate removal from Freegle. Please ask your local volunteers if you need any further help – they will get back to you as soon as they can.
PRIVACY: We won’t pass on your name or email address to anyone else.
Freegle holds your name and email address if you are using our Freegle app on Facebook, Freegle Direct or the Freegle mobile app. We will use these when generating emails which we send on your behalf, and we will also send email notifications to you about your membership of Freegle groups. You can control what is displayed and how frequently you receive emails in Settings. We may also hold factual information about members on Freegle Direct or Yahoo for the purpose of moderating Freegle groups, for example information about whether a member’s account may have been hacked, or if a member does not abide by the group’s rules.
We may show your posts, but not your name or email, to people who are not members of the group. This helps the group grow by showing people what’s happening and encouraging them to join.
If you sign in using a Facebook account, or use the Freegle app on Facebook, then we also ask for access to your Likes, so that we can keep track of which groups you have joined through Facebook.
The Freegle mobile app, Freegle Direct and the Freegle app on Facebook will make your offers and requests visible to any interested visitor without revealing your personal details.
COOKIES: A “cookie” is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser – see wikipedia entry for cookie.
- In the group Message Makers, you have the option to save your email address and location for next time if you tick a box to give consent.
- In Freegle Direct and the Freegle Facebook app, a cookie is needed to ensure you stay logged on to the site. The cookie lasts for the duration of your session at the website. By registering or signing in, you consent to the setting of this cookie.
- Cookies are also stored to enable Google Analytics to collect anonymous information about visitors to this website, which pages they view and what actions are taken. By using this website we believe you are giving “implied consent” to the setting of these cookies. We will monitor the latest guidance on the use of such cookies.
- Our websites do not use information gathered from cookies on other sites.
Version: 22 April 2015