What Information We Collect and What We Do With It
When you make a contribution to or comment on the blog, those contributions or comments may be publicly displayed and attributed to your username. We may use your public contributions or comments, either individually or aggregated with the public contributions and comments of others, to create new features or data-related products for you or to learn more about how the blog is used. Please do not include, in your contributions or comments, any personal information that you do not want to be publicly displayed.
Non-personally identifiable information
Like most website operators, WMF collects non-personally-identifiable information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, including, but not limited to: the browser type, language preference, referring site, and date and time of each visitor request. We collect this non-personally-identifiable information to understand how you interact with the blog and related materials, maintain and improve the blog and related materials, and protect against malicious users. From time to time, WMF may publicly release non-personally-identifiable information in aggregated or anonymized form, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of any of our sites.
Personally identifying information
For example, if you choose to comment on the page of a blog post or register an account, you may be asked for a username, password, and email address. Your email address and password will be kept confidential, but your username will be publicly viewable.
If you provide an email address, we may use it to contact you or send you surveys so that we can better understand how you use our services and how we can improve our services, or to update you about Wikimedia activities. These surveys are always optional.
Cookies and other data collection tools
With Your Permission
We may share your information for a particular purpose, if you agree.
Third-Party Service Providers
As hard as we may try, we can't do it all. We may share your information (including your email address and geolocation information) with people we work with (e.g., third-party service providers, contractors, community volunteers) in order to help maintain, better understand, or improve the blog or other Wikimedia Projects and sites. In the course of providing their services to us, some of these third-party providers and contractors may also collect and retain user information, including but not limited to user emails and user geolocation information based on IP addresses, in accordance with their privacy policies and any additional requirements we may put in place with them. As necessary, we may put safeguards, such as confidentiality agreements, in place to help ensure that these service providers only use your information in the course of providing their services to us and to make sure they treat your information consistently with, and no less protective of your privacy than, the principles of this Policy.
For Legal Reasons
We may access, preserve, or disclose your personal information if we reasonably believe it necessary to satisfy a valid and legally enforceable warrant, subpoena, court order, law or regulation, or other judicial or administrative order. However, if we believe that a particular request for disclosure of a user's information is legally invalid or an abuse of the legal system and the affected user does not intend to oppose the disclosure themselves, we will try our best to fight it. We are committed to notifying you via email at least ten (10) calendar days, when possible, before we disclose your personal information in response to a legal demand. However, we may only provide notice if we are not legally restrained from contacting you, there is no credible threat to life or limb that is created or increased by disclosing the request, and you have provided us with an email address.
Transfer of WMF
To Protect You, Ourselves, or Others
To Learn and Experiment
We may share non-personal or aggregated information with researchers, scholars, academics, and other interested third parties who wish to study the Wikimedia Sites, including this blog. Sharing this information helps them understand usage, viewing, and demographics statistics and patterns. They then can share their findings with us and our users so that we can all better understand and improve the Wikimedia Sites.
How Do We Protect Your Data?
We strive to protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We use a variety of physical and technical measures, policies, and procedures (such as access control procedures, network firewalls, and physical security) designed to protect our systems and your personal information. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as completely secure data transmission or storage, so we can't guarantee that our security will not be breached (by technical measures or through violation of our policies and procedures).
Transfer of Information to the United States
Our Response to Do Not Track
Original version: June 25, 2015
Last updated: June 25, 2015