Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are the Buy Nothing Project, an experimental global network of local Buy Nothing gift economies, founded in 2013 by Liesl Clark & Rebecca Rockefeller. Our website address is: Our website is hosted by and the text below describes the ways in which WordPress helps us publish our site and communicate with visitors. You can learn more about our website host WordPress and its own Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy here:


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you complete one of our forms and submit it to us, we will use your contact information to reach out to you as you request or to provide you the resources you have requested. The team of Buy Nothing volunteers that runs this site and responds to requests for information and assistance are the only people who will access any data you share via comment or form. If you subscribe to our website, WordPress will send you the notices you request per your subscription, and we may use your contact information to reach out to you with information, service updates, and promotional news about the Buy Nothing Project. You can can unsubscribe from our site at any time by using WordPress’s unsubscribe interface and you can also contact us at to be removed from the sharing of future information, service updates or promotional news that we send to our site’s subscribers. If you request a password reset from WordPress, your IP address will be included in the reset email. We will also share visitor data as required by law should that be necessary. We will not sell or share your data other than as listed in this document without your explicit permission.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. If you license our materials for use, we will retain the information you share with us when you request our materials for the lifetime of the Buy Nothing Project. This is for our mutual benefit, so we have a record of your right to license our materials.

What rights you have over your data

If you have submitted a form or have left comments on our site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. You can send requests for deletion of your data, a copy of your data, or edits to your data to

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

(Updated 4 July 2021)