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Wikipedia Reading Lists Browser Extension Privacy Policy

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About this Extension

The Wikipedia Reading Lists Browser Extension from the Wikimedia Foundation ("WMF") allows you to access your Wikipedia Reading List from your desktop browser. The Reading List feature is synced to your Wikipedia account, and allows you to bookmark articles and access them across your devices for future reading.

How to Enable or Disable the Reading List Feature

The Reading List feature may only be activated from the Wikipedia app. To turn it on:

  1. Open the Wikipedia app and log in to your Wikipedia account
  2. On Android...
    • Go to Settings and turn on "Enable reading list syncing"
  3. On iOS...
    • Go to Settings > Article storage and syncing and turn on "Sync saved articles and lists"

To turn the Reading List feature off, follow the above instructions and toggle to off.

What Information is Transferred to the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikipedia Reading Lists extension requires that you log in to your Wikipedia account in order to add articles to your account's Reading List. In addition to your username and password, browser information is also transferred to WMF. We will use this information to operate and improve the Reading List feature.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

The Wikimedia Foundation 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 information transferred to us through your use of the extension will be accessible to Wikimedia Foundation staff who are working on maintaining and improving the Reading List feature. With the exception of the Reading List itself, the information transferred to us will be de-identified, aggregated, or deleted within 90 days, in accordance with our Data retention guidelines. Pages that you save to your Reading List will be stored until you choose to delete them or turn off the Reading List syncing in the Wikipedia iOS or Android app.

We may disclose any transferred 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

This Privacy Policy applies to information transferred to WMF by the Wikipedia Reading Lists browser extension, which is collected for the purpose of pursuing our charitable mission of spreading access to free knowledge. It does not apply to information transferred to WMF via your interactions with sites operated by WMF, such as Wikipedia. To learn more, please consult the relevant site privacy policies.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, with servers and data centers located in the U.S. If you decide to use this Browser Extension, whether from inside or outside of the U.S., you understand that your Personal Information will be collected, transferred, stored, processed, disclosed and otherwise used in the U.S. as described in this Privacy Policy. You also understand that your 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 connection with providing services to you.

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