Legal:Arabic Wikipedia Email Interview Survey Privacy Statement

From the Wikimedia Foundation Governance Wiki

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

Purpose of Survey

We appreciate your feedback! This survey will help us gain deeper understanding into user misconduct and other challenges to collaboration that occur on Arabic Wikipedia.

What Information We Collect

This survey takes the form of an interview via email. We will collect your name, email address, and your free-form responses to our interview questions. If you choose to do your interview over WhatsApp, we will collect your WhatsApp contact details, and WhatsApp’s use of your information will also be governed by their Privacy Policy. If you choose to do your interview over Signal, we will collect your Signal contact details, and Signal’s use of your information will also be governed by their Privacy Policy.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

The results of this survey will be shared publicly in the following manner.

A de-identified summary of the interview responses we receive (including some anonymous quotes) will be published on and on Raw data will only be shared with the Wikimedia staff and contractors who need to process this information and are subject to non-disclosure obligations, with the exception of the circumstances described below.

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.

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 (full text available at

Important Information

Wikimedia Foundation is a global organization committed to promoting free and open knowledge. In submitting your response, you understand that the information transferred to Wikimedia Foundation will be collected, transferred, stored, processed, disclosed and otherwise used in the U.S. as described in this Privacy Statement. You also understand that the information may be transferred by us 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. The raw data collected in this survey will be deleted, de-identified, or aggregated within 90 days. See our data retention guidelines for more information.

If you have questions about this survey, or wish to change, access, or delete the information you provided in the survey, please contact

Thanks again for your feedback!

The Wikimedia Foundation

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