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Standard Scope

This policy covers personally identifiable details collected or stored with the Basis on its servers in relation for the projects and the communities. Consistent with its Data Retention Policy, the Basis collects and retains the least volume of personally identifiable data necessary to fulfill the Projects' operational demands.

The public and collaborative nature of the projects

All Projects of the Massagewiki Foundation are collaboratively produced by its customers using the MediaWiki software program. Any individual with Internet entry might edit the publicly editable pages of these web sites with or without logging in as a registered user. By undertaking this, editors create a published document, plus a public record of each and every word extra, subtracted, or modified. This really is a public act, and editors are recognized publicly as being the author of such alterations. All contributions produced to a Project, and all publicly readily available info about those contributions, are irrevocably licensed and may possibly be freely copied, quoted, reused and adapted by 3rd parties with handful of restrictions.

Actions on Foundation initiatives

On the whole, this Policy only applies to private information stored or held by the Foundation that is not publicly readily available.

Interactions with the Projects not coated by this Policy contain, but will not be limited to, elements of browsing and editing pages, use of the wiki "email user" function, subscribing and posting to Foundation hosted E-mail lists, and corresponding with volunteers by the Foundation's ticketing program. These interactions may possibly reveal a contributor's IP tackle, and potentially other personalized information, indiscriminately to the standard public, or to specific groups of volunteers acting independently on the Basis.

Customers could also interact with one more outside of Basis internet sites, through email, IRC or other chat, or independent internet sites, and ought to assess the risks concerned, and their personalized need for privacy, prior to using these methods of communication.

User authorship and accounts

The Foundation doesn't need editors to register by having a venture. Anybody can edit without logging in with a username, in which case they will be identified by network IP. Users that do register are recognized by their picked username. Users choose a password, which is confidential and used to verify the integrity of their account. Except insofar because it may possibly be essential by law, no individual should disclose, or knowingly expose, both consumer passwords and cookies created to identify a consumer. Once generated, user accounts will not be removed. It could be possible for any username to be adjusted, rely on the policies of individual initiatives. The Foundation won't guarantee that a username will be changed on request.

The Aim of Collecting Private Information

The Foundation limits the collection of personally identifiable user data to functions which serve the well-being of its initiatives, such as but not limited to the following items: --To improve the public accountability on the projects, the Foundation recognizes that any program that is open ample to allow the biggest achievable participation in the standard public may also be vulnerable to specified kinds of abuse and counterproductive behavior. The Foundation and the venture communities have established a lot of mechanisms to avoid or remedy abusive actions. For example, when investigating abuse on the project, including the suspected utilization of malicious duplicate accounts, vandalism, harassment of other consumers, or disruptive behavior, the IP addresses of consumers may be utilized to determine the source in the abusive behavior. This information could be shared by consumers with administrative authority who're charged by their communities with guarding the projects.

--To supply website statistics. The Foundation statistically samples raw log data from users' visits. These logs are utilised to create the site statistics pages; the raw log data isn't created public.

--To resolve technical problems. Log information could be examined by developers while in the program of solving technical problems and in tracking down badly-behaved web spiders that overwhelm the website.

Details of data retention

General expectations

IP and other technical details --Whenever a visitor requests or reads a web page, or sends e-mail to a Massagewiki server, no a lot more details is collected than is typically collected by internet sites. The Wikimedia Foundation could keep raw logs of this kind of transactions, but these will not be published or employed to track legitimate users. --When a page is edited by a logged-in editor, the server confidentially stores connected IP details for the minimal time frame. This data is immediately deleted following a set time period. For editors who usually do not log in, the IP address used is publicly and permanently credited as being the writer of the edit. It may be possible to get a 3rd party to determine the author from this IP address together with other details readily available. Logging in with a registered username permits for much better preservation of privacy.

Cookies --The internet sites set a short-term session cookie on the visitor's personal computer whenever a Project page is visited. Readers who usually do not intend to log in or edit could deny this cookie; it'll be deleted on the end of the browser's session. Much more cookies might be set when one logs in to keep up logged-in situation. If the person saves a consumer name or password in one's browser, that details will probably be saved for up to 30 days, and this info is going to be resent towards the server on each visit to your same Venture. Contributors utilizing a public machine who do not wish to display their username to future users in the machine should distinct these cookies after use.

Web page background --Edits or other contributions to a Project on its content articles, consumer pages and talk pages are generally retained forever. Removing text from a venture does not permanently delete it. Typically, in projects, any individual can appear at a preceding version of an article and see what was there. Even when an report is "deleted", a user entrusted with greater degree of entry may possibly see what was eliminated from public view. Details can be permanently deleted by people with access to Wikimedia servers, but apart from the unusual circumstance once the Foundation is necessary to delete editing-history materials in response to a court order or equivalent legal procedure, there is no ensure any long term deletion will take place.

User contribution

--User contributions can also be aggregated and publicly accessible. User contributions are aggregated in accordance with their registration and login status. Information on consumer contributions, including the quantity of edits they've created, are publicly readily available through consumer contributions lists, and in aggregated types published by other users.

Studying projects

--No more details on end users as well as other visitors reading the pages is collected than is typically collected in server logs by websites. Apart from the over raw log information collected for general functions, page visits don't expose a visitor's identity publicly. Sampled raw log data might contain the IP address of any user, however it is not reproduced publicly.

Editing initiatives

--Edits to Project pages are recognized with all the username or network IP address on the editor, and editing historical past is aggregated by writer within a contribution list. This kind of info is going to be readily available permanently about the projects.

--Logged in registered consumers:

--Logged in end users don't expose their IP address towards the public except in cases of abuse, including vandalism of a wiki page from the user or by yet another consumer by using the same IP address. A user's IP is stored around the wiki servers for any period of time, for the duration of which it can be seen by server administrators and by users who have been granted CheckUser entry. --IP information, and its connection to any usernames that share it, might be released under particular situations.

--Editors employing a company mail server from house or telecommuting in excess of a DSL or cable Net connection, are likely to become easy to recognize by their IP; in which situation it may be very easy to cross-identify all contributions to different Projects made by that IP address. Employing a username is actually a better method of preserving privacy in this circumstance.

--Unlogged-in registered end users and unregistered users:

--Editors who have not logged in could be identified by network IP. Determined by one's connection, this IP address may be traceable to a big Net services provider or far more especially to a college, location of enterprise or property. It could be possible to work with this data in combination with other information, including editing style and preferences, to recognize an author completely.


--On massage wiki discussion pages: Any editable page can theoretically be the location of a discussion. In general, discussions on Foundation projects occur on user talk pages, on article talk pages or in pages specially designated to function as forums. Privacy expectations apply to discussion pages in the same way as they do elsewhere.

--Through E-mail: Customers will not be required to list an email when registering. Users who offer a valid e-mail address can enable other logged-in users to send email to them throughout the wiki. When receiving an e mail from other consumers through this system, one's e-mail just isn't exposed to them. When choosing to send an E-mail to other end users, one's E-mail is displayed as the sender. The email put into one's consumer preferences may possibly be employed by the Basis for communication. Customers whose accounts do not have a valid e-mail are not going to be able to reset their password if it is truly lost. In this kind of predicament, nonetheless, end users could be able to make contact with one of the Wikimedia server administrators to enter a new e-mail tackle. A consumer can remove the account's e-mail from his preferences at any time to stop it from getting utilized. Personal correspondence between end users may possibly be saved at users' discretion and is not subject to Wikimedia Basis policy.

--On mailing lists: The e-mail addresses employed to subscribe and publish to Venture mailing lists are exposed to other subscribers. The list archives of most such mailing lists are public, and searches of public archives could possibly be carried out on the Internet. Subscribers' addresses might also be quoted in other users' messages. These e-mail addresses and any messages sent to a mailing list could be archived and might continue to be accessible for the public permanently.

--By means of OTRS: Some e-mail addresses forward mail to a group of volunteers trusted through the Basis to utilize a ticket program, for example OTRS, to reply. Mail sent to this program isn't publicly visible, but volunteers picked from the Basis could have access to it. The ticket method team may discuss the contents of acquired mail with other contributors in order to reply properly. Mail to private addresses of members of Board of Trustees and also to employees of the Foundation may possibly also be forwarded to the OTRS team. These messages and e-mail addresses could possibly be saved by members from the OTRS group and any e-mail services they use, and may possibly remain readily available to them.

--On IRC: IRC channels usually are not officially part of the Wikimedia Foundation and are not operated on Wikimedia managed servers. The IP of users who chat in excess of such a services may be exposed to other participants. IRC users' privacy on every single channel can only be protected in accordance with the policies of the respective service and channel. Various channels have distinct policies on regardless of whether logs could possibly be published.

Access to and release of personally identifiable information

--Entry: Projects are primarily run by volunteer contributors. Some committed consumers are chosen from the community to become provided privileged entry. As an example, for an English Wikipedia user, user access levels to Wikipedia are determined through the user's presence in different 'user groups'.

Other end users who could have access to personal identifiable details include, but usually are not restricted to, users who've access to OTRS, or to the CheckUser and Oversight functions, consumers elected by undertaking communities to serve as stewards or Arbitrators, Wikimedia Basis employees, trustees, appointees, and contractors and agents employed with the Foundation, and developers and other individuals with large amounts of server entry.

Access to and publication of this detail is governed through the Access to nonpublic information policy, also as particular policies covering a number of the functions in query. Sharing info with other privileged consumers is not considered "distribution."

--Release: Policy on Release of Data It is the policy of Wikimedia that personally identifiable data collected in the server logs, or through records in the database by the Check User feature, or through other non-publicly-available methods, may be released by Wikimedia volunteers or staff, in any of the following situations:

-In response to a valid subpoena or other compulsory request from law enforcement, -With permission of the affected user, -When necessary for investigation of abuse complaints, -Where the information pertains to page views generated by a spider or bot and its dissemination is necessary to illustrate or resolve technical issues, -Where the user has been vandalizing articles or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to a service provider, carrier, or other third-party entity to assist in the targeting of IP blocks, or to assist in the formulation of a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers.

Except as described above, Wikimedia policy does not permit distribution of personally identifiable information under any circumstances.

Third-party access and notifying registered users when receiving legal process:

-Like a standard principle, the entry to, and retention of, personally identifiable information in all tasks ought to be minimum and ought to be utilized only internally to serve the well-being from the tasks. Sometimes, nevertheless, the Basis may possibly obtain a subpoena or other compulsory request from a law-enforcement agency or possibly a court or equivalent government physique that requests the disclosure of data about a registered user, and may possibly be compelled by law to comply with the request. Within the event of such a legally compulsory request, the Foundation will try to notify the affected consumer inside a few business days following the arrival of this kind of subpoena by sending a discover by e-mail for the email tackle that the impacted user has listed in her or his consumer preferences.

--The Foundation can’t advise a consumer getting this kind of a notification concerning the law or an suitable response to a subpoena. The Basis does note, nonetheless, that this kind of users could have the authorized right to resist or limit that info in court by filing a motion to quash the subpoena. Customers who want to oppose a subpoena or other compulsory request ought to seek authorized tips concerning applicable rights and procedures that could be obtainable.

--In case the Basis receives a court-filed movement to quash or otherwise limit the subpoena because of action by a user or their attorney, the Foundation is not going to disclose the requested information till Wikimedia receives an order from your court to accomplish so.

Registered users aren't needed to supply an e-mail handle. However, when an affected registered user doesn't supply an e mail address, the Foundation will not have the capacity to notify the impacted user in private email messages when it receives requests from law enforcement to disclose personally identifiable data regarding the consumer.


The Wikimedia Foundation believes that sustaining and preserving the privacy of consumer data is an essential value. This Privacy Policy, together with other policies, resolutions, and actions by the Foundation, represents a committed hard work to safeguard the safety of the minimal consumer info that's collected and retained on our servers. Nonetheless, the Basis are unable to assure that consumer data will continue to be private. We acknowledge that, regardless of our committed effort to protect private user data, determined individuals could nevertheless create data-mining and other approaches to uncover such data and disclose it. Because of this, the Basis may make no assure against unauthorized access to data provided in the course of participating in Basis Initiatives or relevant communities.

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