Legal:2018 Harassment Reporting Study Privacy Statement

From the Wikimedia Foundation Governance Wiki

Thank you for participating in the Wikimedia Foundation’s Harassment Reporting Study! This study will allow us to better understand how individual editors who have experienced harassment understand and report harassment. We appreciate your time and assistance in studying this important topic. Please read this document in full before proceeding.

This statement describes how and when Wikimedia collects, uses, and shares the information we receive from study participants.

These interviews may be conducted via phone, Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Skype, which may subject your data to additional terms. Data shared in interviews conducted through Google Hangouts are subject to Google’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy; interviews via Skype are subject to Microsoft’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about the study or the information below, please contact Thank you again for your participation!

What Information We Collect

The survey will be conducted through spoken interviews. During the interview, your voice, and your free-form responses to interview questions will be collected.

Licensing of Survey Responses

By answering the free-form response questions, you agree that we may record your answers, and agree to donate them to the public domain under the terms of Creative Commons Zero 1.0 .

Information Sharing and Disclosure

The results of this survey may be shared publicly, for the purpose of open analysis, research, and study. The recordings made during your interview will not be publicly shared. However, transcribed direct quotes from interviews may be shared publicly, though these quotes will be anonymized and any potentially identifying information will be removed. The transcribed quotes will be included within a Wikimedia report on harassment, which will be published on the Community Health section of . With the exception of the circumstances described below, we will only share raw collected information with the Wikimedia staff and contractors who need to process this information and are subject to non-disclosure obligations.

We may disclose any collected information when required by law, when we have your permission, when needed to protect our rights, privacy, safety, users, or the general public, and when necessary to enforce our Terms of Use or any other Wikimedia policy.

Important Information

Wikimedia is a global organization committed to promoting free and open knowledge. By participating in this study, you agree to the transfer, storage, and use of the collected information to the United States and other places as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and objectives discussed above. You also consent to the transfer of information from the U.S. to other countries, which may have different or less stringent data protection laws than your country, in order to carry out the aforementioned purposes and objectives. Wikimedia understands the importance of user privacy. For this reason, we work to protect our users from the unauthorized disclosure or use of information we maintain. Recordings of interviews will be retained for up to eight months. Interview summaries, notes, and transcribed quotes selected for inclusion in the report will be anonymized and retained indefinitely. See our data retention guidelines for more information. For questions about this survey, or to access, change, or delete your answers, contact

Thanks again for your participation!

The Wikimedia Foundation

Please note that in the event of any differences in meaning or interpretation between the original English version of this document and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.