Privacy Policy and GDPR.

Who we are.

Our website address is:

Our editor’s contact email is [email protected]

We are a non-profit, completely volunteer-run, free community newsletter published monthly, covering Bideford, Northam, Appledore, Westward Ho!, Instow, and villages west as far as Hartland.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it.


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. The IP address is not publicly visible on an approved and published comment (but can be read by the website administrator).

An anonymised 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:


If you upload images to the website or provide images for publication by us, or provide images for publication in the paper version which may subsequently be used in our website version, 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).

Contact forms (includes hard copy material, and digitised versions of such).

Subscribers to paper copies –  “Buzz” retains your details to enable copies to be posted to you as a subscriber.  These details are kept secure: their use is solely for your subscription and are not shared with third parties.  You can opt out at any time by informing “Buzz” via TTVS, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, or by contacting the website/ editor’s email (as above), when your personal data will be deleted.  

We retain only the minimum amount of personal data required in order to provide a specific service (e.g. subscription name/ address, contributor’s or advertiser’s contact details, publication of articles), and only for the length of time necessary for us to provide that service.


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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 exactly the 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with.

We do not share any data with third parties. We do not track any user. Should a third party wish to contact the author of any published content we will first contact such author with details of the request, and it would be their decision as whether or not to reply.

Buzz” never has, and never will, rent, share, or sell your data to third parties.


How long we retain your data.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


What rights you have over your data.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, 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).


Where we send your data.

Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service (Akismet).