What Information We Collect and What We Do With It
Information we receive automatically
Like most website operators, WMF receives data 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 receive this data to understand how you interact with these non-wiki sites and related materials, maintain and improve these non-wiki sites and related materials, and protect against malicious users. From time to time, WMF may publicly release such data in aggregated or de-identified form, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of any of our sites.
Information we collect
We use this information to:
- Operate the non-wiki sites.
- Provide you with service in relation to the non-wiki sites.
- Answer requests and provide support.
We engage in these activities to manage our relationship with you, because we have a legitimate interest and/or to comply with our legal obligations.
- Improve the non-wiki sites.
- Understand how you interact with the non-wiki sites and related materials.
- Maintain and improve the non-wiki sites and related materials, and develop new ones.
- Conduct internal analyses, such as research and analytics.
We perform these activities further to our legitimate interest.
- Maintain our security and protections.
- Protect against malicious users.
- Fight spam, identity theft, and other kinds of abuse.
- Maintain our internal records and test features.
We perform these activities further to our legitimate interest and/or to comply with our legal obligations.
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 the Wikimedia Foundation and topics that may interest you, projects and activities. These surveys are always optional. Each message will contain information about how to opt-out of further emails. We perform this activity based on your consent or further to our legitimate interests.
Where processing is based on your consent, you may withdraw your consent at any time consistent with applicable law.
Cookies and other data collection tools
When We Can Share Information
With Your Permission
We may share your information for a particular purpose, with your consent, or as otherwise specified below.
Third-Party Service Providers
We share your Personal Information (including your email address and general location information) with people we work with such as third-party service providers, contractors, community volunteers) in order to help maintain, better understand, or improve these non-wiki sites or other Wikimedia Projects and sites. These service providers include service providers who provide website hosting, data analysis, information technology and related infrastructure provision, email delivery, auditing, and other services. 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 general user location information based on IP addresses, in accordance with their privacy policies and any additional requirements we may put in place with them. We put requirements, such as confidentiality agreements, in place to help ensure that these service providers protect the confidentiality of your Personal Information.
For Legal Reasons
We access, preserve, or disclose your Personal Information to public authorities and other persons 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 Personal 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 be able to provide notice if we are not legally restrained from contacting you, there is no credible threat to bodily harm 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 use and share aggregated or de-identified Personal Information with researchers, scholars, academics, and other interested third parties who wish to study the Wikimedia Sites, including these non-wiki sites. 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, further to our legitimate interest.
Information You Share with Third Party Services
How Do We Protect Your Information?
We strive to protect your Personal 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).
Accessing Your Information
WMF works hard to accurately process and maintain Personal Information. If you would like to access, correct, update, suppress, restrict or delete the Personal Information we have about you, object to our processing of such Personal Information or if you would like to request to receive an electronic copy of your Personal Information for purposes of transmitting it to another organization (to the extent this right to data portability is provided to you by applicable law), or if you would like to change your WMF communication preferences, you (or an authorized representative) can let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we will make reasonable efforts to comply with your request consistent with applicable law, there are certain situations where we will not grant your request (such as when we cannot adequately verify your identity to give you access to Personal Information, when we are legally required to retain information, or when we are not technologically able to change or delete Personal Information at that time).
How Long Do We Keep Your Data?
Once we receive Personal Information from you, we keep it for the shortest possible interval that is consistent with the maintenance, understanding, and improvement of these non-wiki sites and our obligations under applicable law. For more information on Wikimedia’s data retention policies, please see our Data Retention Guidelines.
Transfer of Information to the United States
Our Response to Do Not Track
Depending on your jurisdiction, you also may have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority competent for your country or region.
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