Legal:Recommendations Tool Privacy Statement

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Privacy Statement

This statement describes how and when the Wikimedia Foundation ("we", "our") collects, uses, and shares the information we receive from your use of our recommendations tool (the "tool"), found at This tool is being hosted on Wikimedia Cloud Services. Information collected through your use of the tool is governed by this privacy statement (not the main Wikimedia Privacy Policy) and is subject to a lower level of protection than information collected through other Wikimedia sites because Wikimedia Cloud Services is an experimental environment.

Purpose of the Tool

We are always looking to improve user experience so that the Wikimedia projects are useful to you. This tool will help us understand how users use and experience article recommendations.

What Information We Collect

If you choose to use this tool, we may collect any or all of the following information: the date and time you use the tool, your user agent information, your IP address, source language, target language, seed parameter used for searching, search algorithm used, username, the name of the campaign you are in, the name of the campaign condition you are in, actions you take while using the tool, and the title of the page you are acting on. We will also set cookies to give you a unique user ID and a request ID that measures API requests. The information in this section shall be referred to as "collected information".

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Wikimedia Cloud Services is an experimental environment that has volunteer contributors and administrators and is not as secure as other Wikimedia sites. We, therefore, cannot guarantee that information collected through your use of the tool, including personally identifying information, will not be viewed, accessed, or used by third parties using Wikimedia Cloud Services that we do not control.

Additionally, we may disclose any collected information when required by law, when we have your permission, when it has been made public through no wrongdoing on our part, when needed to protect our rights, privacy, safety, users, or the general public, when needed for our service providers to provide their services to us or for us to use their goods or services, and when necessary to enforce our Terms of Use or any other Wikimedia policy.

Important Information

The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California. By using our tool (whether inside or outside of the U.S.), you agree to the collection, transfer, storage, processing, disclosure, and other uses of the collected information in 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 your information 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.

We do not change our behavior in response to a web browser's "do not track" signal.

User agent information, titles of pages requested, and usernames collected through use of this tool will be retained for at most 90 days before being deleted, aggregated, or anonymized. All other information may be retained indefinitely. See our data retention guidelines for more information. We reserve the right to make changes to this privacy statement without notice. Please review this privacy statement regularly. Your continued use of the tool will constitute acceptance of updates to this privacy statement.

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.

Thank you for trying our recommendations tool and helping us make Wikipedia better!

The Wikimedia Foundation