Privacy Policy

The Townsy Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are the folks who created Townsy Sebastopol, a community app for Sebastopol, California. 

This is our privacy policy where we detail the data we collect, why we collect it and how it is used.

What information do we collect?

The information we collect falls under two major categories. The information we collect automatically and the information you provide us. We collect the bare minimum of what we need, and we aim to be 100% transparent about it.

The information we collect automatically

Most modern web browsers share some information with the webservers so that the right content can be served to you. For example, your browser will “tell” the server whether you are browsing from a desktop or a mobile device, and the webserver will use this information to display the desktop website or the mobile website accordingly.

This information, including your browser type, IP address, language preference, time and date of access, operating system and the like, is logged on the server in a protected log file hidden from the outside world.

Townsy Sebastopol also uses analytics tools such as Google Analytics (privacy policy) to understand how users interact with and use our website.

This information along with anonymous log information is stored in your browser as cookies and will be transmitted to Google Analytics and used to create aggregate data for statistical analysis. We use this anonymous aggregate data to help us improve Townsy. None of the information collected this way will be used either directly or indirectly to track or collect personally identifiable information or pick out individual computers or users. 

You can opt out of Google Analytics using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

The only personally identifiable information we will have is the one you provide us voluntarily.

Your email and other personal data

When you register for the site, we ask you for your name and email. After you register, you will receive an email asking if you’d be willing to receive email from us in the future, such as a newsletter or emails about new features in Townsy Sebastopol.You will not receive any further marketing emails from us unless you actively opt in. However, you may continue to receive operational emails, such as confirmation emails when you do something like post a job, an event, or a volunteer opportunity. 

Account information

We will ask you for basic information when you create an account on Townsy Sebastopol. This will include your username and email address and other basic information as necessary.

Passwords that you provide or the ones automatically generated are not stored anywhere. These passwords are encrypted using industry standard one-way encryption and cannot be read even during a data breach.

This information will be used for the sole purpose of making and maintaining your account and will not be distributed to anyone for any purpose.

When you buy something through us, we might receive the transaction information from the third party payment processor. These notices do not include personal financial information, such as your credit card. We use PayPal (privacy policy) and Stripe (privacy policy) ( to handle transactions, and your data is kept private as per their privacy policy.

Right to be forgotten

Should you wish to have your data deleted from our system, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We might have to retain some data for tax and legal purposes, the details of which will be communicated to your privately.

Data security

We take security of our website very seriously and have implemented industry standard security measures in place to protect against the loss and misuse of data.

In the event of a security breach, we will inform you about the incident and the action plan we have in place to restore the website and steps to prevent such an event in the future.

Contacting Townsy Sebstopol

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or in general, please contact us at 707-322-8696 and we will get back to you, usually within a day but certainly within three days.