This privacy policy explains how Waltham Forest Echo uses any personal information we collect about you when you use our website or contact us by phone, email or other correspondence. This policy outlines what information we collect, how it is stored and what it is used for. It is our policy not to use any personal information for any purpose other than which it is intended.

This policy and the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are designed to protect individual’s information. Business contacts and information are considered to be in the public domain and therefore not covered. GDPR is in force from 25th May 2018.

Waltham Forest Echo reserves the right to alter, without notice, this policy if either required to under law or to improve services to our readers and contributors. The current policy will always remain available on our website. Last updated: May 2018.

Who we are

We are an independent community newspaper for the London borough of Waltham Forest. Waltham Forest Echo is published by Social Spider CIC on behalf of WFWellComm CIC, a social enterprise formed by charities and social enterprises based in Waltham Forest.

Our website is walthamforestecho.co.uk and our postal address is The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow E17 7HA.

Why we collect personal data

If you sign up to our newsletter we will collect basic identification information such as your name and contact details. This will be used for:

  1. Electronic delivery of emails, newsletters and any other internally generated information relating to the content of the newspaper, and to keep you informed of upcoming editorial meetings and events.

  2. To meet our legal and regulatory obligations.

We would like to send you information about the newspaper and associated events that may be of interest to you. We will do so if you have signed up to our mailing list. You have the right at any time to stop us from contacting you. If you no longer wish to be contacted for marketing purposes, please email us: [email protected].

How we store and protect your data

We will retain all given information on the following basis:

  1. Our mailing database is stored via Mailchimp. You may unsubscribe and/or have your details deleted at any time.

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  2. Membership of Waltham Forest Echo is dealt with via GoCardless, which stores your billing information. Please be aware that all transactions are subject to GoCardless’ Privacy Policy.

  3. Membership data is stored on a password-protected online document.

We will not sell or share any personally identifiable information collected by us to any third party.

Embedded content, cookies, and analytics

Embedded content

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles). 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use to the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity.

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the websites below tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases some of our website features may not function as a result. For further information visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.


Analytics data for this website is collected via Google Analytics. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Request the data we hold about you

We have to abide by the law and if information is legitimately requested by the government or one of their agencies we will comply with any such request.

You may at any time review or update any personally identifiable information we hold. In the first instance please email [email protected]. We will take any reasonable steps to confirm your identity before any such changes are made.

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office if you think there is a problem with the way we are handling your data: www.ico.org.uk.

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