Politica de confidențialitate

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This is a summary of the Privacy Policy. To read the full terms, click here.
Disclaimer: This summary is not a part of the Privacy Policy and is not a legal document. It is simply a handy reference for understanding the full Privacy Policy. Think of it as the user-friendly interface to our Privacy Policy.

Because we believe that you shouldn’t have to provide personal information to participate in the free knowledge movement, you may:

Because we want to understand how Wikimedia Sites are used so we can make them better for you, we collect some information when you:

We are committed to:

Be aware:

  • Any content you add or any change that you make to a Wikimedia Site will be publicly and permanently available.
  • If you add content or make a change to a Wikimedia Site without logging in, that content or change will be publicly and permanently attributed to the IP address used at the time rather than a username.
  • Our community of volunteer editors and contributors is a self-policing body. Certain administrators of the Wikimedia Sites, who are chosen by the community, use tools that grant them limited access to nonpublic information about recent contributions so they may protect the Wikimedia Sites and enforce policies.
  • This Privacy Policy does not apply to all sites and services run by the Wikimedia Foundation, such as sites or services that have their own privacy policy (like the Wikimedia Shop) or sites or services run by third parties (like third-party developer projects on Wikimedia Labs).
  • As part of our commitment to education and research around the world, we occasionally release public information and aggregated or non-personal information to the general public through data dumps and data sets.
  • For the protection of the Wikimedia Foundation and other users, if you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you may not use the Wikimedia Sites.

This is a translation. For the official, binding version of this document, please see the English language original.

WMF open door.png Introducere

Bun venit!

Mișcarea Wikimedia este fondată pe un principiu simplu, dar puternic: putem realiza mai mult impreună decât oricare dintre noi individual. Nu putem lucra în mod colectiv fără colectarea,împărtășirea, și analizarea informației despre utilizatorii noștrii în timp ce căutăm noi căi de a face Site-urile Wikimedia mai ușor de utilizat,mai sigure,si mai benefice.

Noi credem că transparența și culegerea informației ar trebui sa funcționeze mână in mână. Această Politică a Confidențialității explică cum Fundația Wikipedia, organizația non-profit care găzduiește site-urile Wikimedia, ca Wikipedia, colectează. folosește, și împărtășește informația care o primim de la tine prin folosirea ta a site-urilor Wikimedia. Este esențial să înțelegi că, prin folosirea oricărui site Wikimedia, ești de acord cu colecția, trasferul, procesarea, dezvăluirea, și folosirea informațiilor tale precum este descris în această Politică de Confidențialitate. Aceasta înseamnă că citirea acestei Politici cu atenție este important. La fel de important ca legumele pentru dieta ta.

Noi credem că tu nu ar trebui să furnizezi informații personale pentru a participa în mișcarea informației personale. Nu trebuie să furnizezi informații precum numele tău real, adresa, sau data nașterii petru a creea un cont standard sau pentru a contibuii la Site-urile Wikimedia.

Noi nu vindem sau închiriem informațiile tale nepublice, nici nu le vom oferi altora pentru a-ți vinde produse sau sevicii terțe. Le folosim pentru a întelege cum putem face Site-urile Wikimedia mai captivante și accesibile, pentru a vedea care idei funcționează, și pentru a face învațarea și contruibuirea mai distractive. Mai simplu: folosim aceste informații pentru a face Site-urile Wikimedia mai bune pentru tine.

Pentru că, în final, sunt persoanele ca tine, campionii conoștințelor libere, care permit Site-urilor Wikimedia nu doar să existe, dar și să crească și să prospere.

Definiții

Pentru că toată lumea (nu doar avocații) ar trebui să înțeleagă cu ușurință cum și de ce informațiile lor sunt colectate și folosite, noi folosim un limbaj comun în loc de termeni mai formali în toată această Politică. Pentru a vă ajuta să înțelegeți câteva particularități ale termenilor cheie,iată un tabel de traduceri:


When we say... ... we mean:
"the Wikimedia Foundation" / "the Foundation" / "we" / "us" / "our" The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates the Wikimedia Sites.
"Wikimedia Sites" / "our services" Wikimedia websites and services (regardless of language), including our main projects, such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, as well as mobile applications, APIs, emails, and notifications; excluding, however, sites and services listed in the "What This Privacy Policy Doesn't Cover" section below.
"you" / "your" / "me" You, regardless of whether you are an individual, group, or organization, and regardless of whether you are using the Wikimedia Sites or our services on behalf of yourself or someone else.
"this Policy" / "this Privacy Policy" This document, entitled the "Wikimedia Foundation Privacy Policy".
"contributions" Content you add or changes you make to any Wikimedia Sites.
"personal information" Information you provide us or information we collect from you that could be used to personally identify you. To be clear, while we do not necessarily collect all of the following types of information, we consider at least the following to be “personal information” if it is otherwise nonpublic and can be used to identify you:
(a) your real name, address, phone number, email address, password, identification number on government-issued ID, IP address, user-agent information, credit card number;
(b) when associated with one of the items in subsection (a), any sensitive data such as date of birth, gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic origins, marital or familial status, medical conditions or disabilities, political affiliation, and religion; and
(c) any of the items in subsections (a) or (b) when associated with your user account.
"third party" / "third parties" Individuals, entities, websites, services, products, and applications that are not controlled, managed, or operated by the Wikimedia Foundation. This includes other Wikimedia users and independent organizations or groups who help promote the Wikimedia movement such as Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups as well as volunteers, employees, directors, officers, grant recipients, and contractors of those organizations or groups.

Știm de asemenea ca unii dintre voi cunoașteți tot ce e de cunoscut despre pixeli de urmărire în timp ce alții asociază termenul de “cookie”(“prăjitură”) exclusiv cu varietatea de ciocolată. Fie că ești începător în terminologia confidențialității sau ești un expert care vrea să-și reîmprospăteze memoria, s-ar putea să găsești Glosarul Termenilor Cheie util.

Ce Face Politica de Confidențialitate și ce Nu Acoperă Ea

Cu excepția celor explicate mai jos, această Politică de Confidențialitate se aplică colecției noastre și manipulării informației despre tine pe care o primim ca rezultat al folosirii tale a oricărui Site Wikimedia. Această Politică se aplică de asemenea oricărei informații pe care o primim de la partenerii noștrii sau de la părți terțe. Mai jos găsești exemple pe care această Politică de Confidențialitate le acoperă.

Exemple Privind ce Acoperă Această Politică de Confidențialitate

De dragul clarității, această Politică de Confidențialitate acoperă, indiferent de limbă:

  • Toate site-urile noastre majore (găsite la listă de proiecte majore), cum ar fi Wikipedia, inclusiv paginile de profil ale utilizatorilor, paginile de discuție, și avizierele.
  • Blogurile și APIurile noastre (cu excepția cazului în care noi furnizăm o politică separată pentru acele servicii).
  • Site-urile noastre mobile și aplicațiile, care pot fi găsite pe lista noastră oficială.
  • Emailuri, SMS-uri și notificări de la noi sau trimise nouă de la tine.

Această Politică de Confidențialitate nu acoperă unele situații unde noi am putea culege sau procesa informații. De exemplu, unele utilizări ar putea fi acoperite de alte politici de confidențialitate (cum ar fi cele ale Magazin Wikimedia) sau site-uri și servicii dirijate de părți terțe(cum ar fi proiecte dezvoltate de terțe părți pe Laboratoare Wikimedia). Pentru a afla mai multe despre lucruri pe care această Politică de Confidențialitate nu le cuprinde,va rugăm să verificați informațiile de jos.

More on what this Privacy Policy doesn’t cover

This section is part of the Privacy Policy and is meant to explain in detail which situations are not covered by our Privacy Policy.

Wikimedia Sites with alternative policies
Some Wikimedia Foundation websites have alternative privacy policies or provisions that differ from this Privacy Policy. These websites include:
These websites, and others like them, will provide a link to their privacy policy (if it stands alone) or to an explanation of any differing provisions (if the site's policy is based on this Privacy Policy).
Community members
The Wikimedia Sites are collaborative labors of love that are constantly maintained and updated by a global community of volunteers. As a result, some volunteers have access to certain nonpublic information, and use of that information may not be governed by this Privacy Policy. Examples include:
  • Administrative volunteers, such as CheckUsers or Stewards. These are volunteers who enforce Wikimedia Site policies and ensure the safety of the Wikimedia Sites. When these administrators access nonpublic information, they are required to comply with our Access to Nonpublic Information Policy, as well as other, tool-specific policies.
  • Tool providers. We support platforms for third-party developers to experiment and develop new tools and sites, such as Labs wmflabs.org. When you use one of the tools developed by these volunteers, you may transfer information to them. When these volunteers access nonpublic information, they are required to comply with the terms governing the particular platform the tool is available on.
  • Other users. We provide several tools that allow users to communicate with each other. The communications may be covered by this Policy while they pass through our systems, but the users who receive these communications, and what they do with the communications once they receive them, are not covered by this Policy. Examples include:
    • posting to Foundation-hosted email lists;
    • requesting support from volunteers through our online ticketing system (email sent to info[at]wikimedia.org goes to this system);
    • emailing other users through the Wikimedia Sites (for example, by using the "Email this user" feature); and
    • chatting on IRC (such as on the #wikipedia channel).
Third parties
This Privacy Policy only covers the way the WMF collects and handles information. Third parties who might receive information when you use the Wikimedia Sites may include:
  • Service providers whom we may use to help provide our services to you. For example, our actions regarding your information on our blog are covered by this Privacy Policy, but if our blog were hosted by WordPress, WordPress may also collect information sent automatically by your browser or through cookies that they set. If you are curious about any third-party provider's privacy practices, you should refer directly to their privacy policy.
  • Websites run by other organizations, like websites linked to from the "References" sections of Wikipedia, or run by Wikimedia chapters or other movement organizations. These organizations may receive information from you if you visit their websites after using one of the Wikimedia Sites. They are governed by their own privacy policies.
  • Mobile applications provided by other organizations or individuals. These organizations or individuals may receive information from you if you use those applications to access the Wikimedia Sites or Wikimedia Site content. They are governed by their own privacy policies.
  • Third-party data-collecting tools that are placed on Wikimedia Sites by volunteers or other third parties. Sometimes, volunteers may place a data-collecting tool, such as a script, gadget, tracking pixel, or share button, on a Wikimedia Site without our knowledge. This Policy does not cover how third parties handle the information they receive as a result of such a tool. If you come across such a third-party tool, and you believe it violates this Policy, you can remove the tool yourself, or report it to privacy[at]wikimedia.org so we can investigate.

Where community policies govern information, such as the CheckUser policy, the relevant community may add to the rules and obligations set out in this Policy. However, they are not permitted to create new exceptions or otherwise reduce the protections offered by this Policy.

WMF chart.png Folosirea Informației

Tipuri de Informație pe care o Primim de la Tine, Cum o Primim, și Cum o Folosim

Contribuțiile Tale Publice

Site-urile Wikimedia au fost create cu scopul principal să te ajute pe tine să împărtășești cunoștințele tale cu întreaga lume, iar noi împărtășim contribuțiile tale pentru că tu ne-ai cerut asta.

Când tu faci o contribuție la oricare Site Wikimedia, inclusiv pe paginile utilizatorilor sau de discuție, tu creezi un document public permanent, care include orice contribuție adăugată, ștearsă, sau alterată de tine. Istoricul paginii va arăta când contribuția sau ștergerea ta a fost făcută, precum și numele tău de utilizator (dacă ești logat) sau adresa ta de IP (dacă nu ești logat). Am putea folosi contribuțiile tale publice, fie agregate cu contribuțiile publice ale altora sau individual, pentru a creea caracteristici noi sau produse legate de datele acestea pentru tine sau pentru a învăța mai multe despre cum sunt folosite Site-urile Wikimedia.

Cu excepția cazului în care această Politică spune altfel, ar trebui să presupui că informația pe care tu o contribui pe Site-urile Wikimedia, inclusiv informațiile personale, sunt vizibile public și pot fi găsite de motoarele de căutare. Ca majoritatea lucrurilor de pe Internet, orice vei împărtăși va putea fi copiat și redistribuit peste tot pe Internet de către alte persoane. Vă rugăm să nu contribuiți informații cu care nu sunteți confortabil să faceți public permanent, cum ar fi poza aia cu tine în costumul ăla oribil pe care te-a obligat mama ta să-l porți când aveai opt ani.

You should be aware that specific data made public by you or aggregated data that is made public by us can be used by anyone for analysis and to infer information about users, such as which country a user is from, political affiliation, and gender.

Informații despre Cont și Înregistrare

Vrei să creezi un cont? Grozav! Nu vrei să creezi un cont? Nicio problemă!

Nu ești nevoit să creezi un cont pentru a citi sau contribui la un Site Wikimedia,cu excepția cazului rarecircumstances. Dar, dacă vei contribui fără să te loghezi, contibuția ta va fi atribuită public Adresei IP asociate dispozitivului tău.

Dacă vrei să creezi un cont standard, noi nu îți cerem nici un fel de informație personală. Serios. Fără nume, fără adresă de email, fără dată de naștere, fără informații despre cardul tău de credit, nimic. Doar un nume de utilizator pe care îl inventezi tu și o parolă. Numele tău de utilizator va fi vizibil public, așa că vă rugăm să vă gândiți bine înainte de a vă folosi numele adevărat ca nume de utilizator. Parola este folosită doar ca să ne asigurăm că este într-adevăr contul tău.

Odată create, conturile de utilizator nu pot fi șterse complet (deși vei putea ascunde informația pe pagina ta de utilizator daca vei alege). Aceasta fiindcă contribuțiile tale trebuie să fie asociate cu autorul lor (tu!). Așa că asigură-te că vei alege un nume cu care te vei acomoda pentru anii ce vor veni.

Pentru a înțelege mai bine demografica utilizatorilor noștri, pentru a localiza serviciile noastre, și pentru a învăța cum vom putea îmbunătății serviciile noastre, s-ar putea să-ți cerem mai multe informații demografice , cum ar fi sexul sau vârsta ta. Îți vom spune dacă aceste informații vor fi publice sau private, pentru ca tu să poți avea o decizie informată dacă vrei să ne dai acea informație sau nu. Furnizarea unor asemenea informații este întotdeauna complet opțională. Dacă nu vrei, nu ești obligat—este atât de simplu.

Informații Legate de Utilizarea Ta a Site-urilor Wikimedia

Vrem să facem Site-urile Wikimedia mai bune pentru tine învățând mai multe despre cum le folosești. Câteva exemple ar fi cât de des vizitezi Site-urile Wikimedia, ce îți place, ce ți se pare util, cum ajungi la Site-urile Wikimedia, și dacă ai folosi o opțiune ajutătoare dacă am explica-o diferit. Vrem să folosim această Politică și practicile noastre pentru a reflecta valorile comunității noastre. Din acest motiv, alegem să păstrăm informațiile legate de utilizarea Site-urilor Wikimedia de către tine confidențiale, cu excepțiile prevăzute în această Politică.

Informații pe care le Primim Automat

Datorită modului de funcționare al browserelor și în mod asemănător cu celelalte site-uri majore, noi primim anumite informații automat când vizitezi un Site Wikimedia. Această informație include tipul dispozitivului pe care îl folosești (posibil incluzând și numere unice de identificare,pentru câteva versiuni beta ale aplicațiilor noastre mobile), tipul și versiunea browser , limba preferențială a browser-ului tău, tipul și versiunea dispozitivului tăusistem de operare, în unele cazuri numele furnizorului tău de internet sau rețeaua mobilă, website-ul care te-a redirecționat către Site-urile Wikimedia, paginile pe care le soliciți , și data și ora fiecărei cereri făcute către Site-urile Wikimedia.

Mai simplu, noi folosim aceste informații pentru a vă îmbunătății experiența dumneavoastră cu Site-urile Wikimedia. De exemplu, folosim această informație pentru a administra site-urile, a avea o securitate sporită, și a lupta cu vandalizarea; optimizarea aplicațiilor mobil, personalizarea conținutului și preferințele de limbă, testarea opțiunilor pentru a vedea care funcționează, și a îmbunătății performanța; an înțelege cum interacționează utilizatorii cu Site-urile Wikimedia, a urmări și a studia diverse opțiuni, a obține o înțelegere despre demografica diferitelor Site-uri Wikimedia, și analizarea trendurilor.

Informații Colectate de Noi

Noi strângem în mod activ anumite tipuri de informații cu o varietate de tehnologii utilizate frecvent. Acestea includ in generalpixeli de urmărire, JavaScript, și o varietate de tehnologii de “informații stocate local”, cum ar fi cookie-uri și stocare locală. Noi știm că unele tehnologii menționate nu au exact cea mai bună reputație din oraș și că pot fi folosite în scopuri nu-tocmai-nobile. Așa că noi vrem să fim cât mai clari cu privire la motivul pentru care folosim aceste metode și tipul de informații pe care le colectăm.

Depinzând de tehnologia pe care o folosim, informațiile stocate local pot fi orice începând de la text, poze, și chiar și articole întregi (după cum vom explica noi în continuare) pâna la informații personale (cum ar fi adresa ta IP) și informații despre folosirea de către tine a Site-urilor Wikimedia (cum ar fi numele tău de utilizator sau ora vizitei tale).

Folosim această informație pentru a-ți face experiența ta cu Site-urile Wikimedia mai sigure și mai bune, pentru a înțelege mai bine preferințele utilizatorilor și cum interacționează utilizatorii cu Site-urile Wikimedia, și în general pentru a îmbunătății serviciile noastre. Nu vom folosi niciodată cookie-uri terțe, cu excepția cazului în care primim permisiunea ta să facem astfel. Dacă întâlnești vreodată un instrument de colectare de informații terț care nu a fost autorizat de tine (cum ar fi unul plasat din greșeală de către un alt utilizator sau administrator), vă rugăm să ni-l raportați nouă la privacy@wikimedia.org.

Informațiile stocate local, JavaScript, și pixelii de urmărire ne ajută pe noi să facem lucruri de genul:

  • Să vă oferim o experiență personalizată, cum ar fi să folosim cookie-uri pentru a-ți ști limba predefinită, pentru a ține minte preferințele de utilizator pe care le-ai setat ca să îți oferim aspectul pe care îl dorești, și pentru a îți spune despre probleme și evenimente Wikimedia interesante din zona ta.
  • Deliver more relevant content to you faster. For example, we may use local storage to store your most recently read articles directly on your device, so they can be retrieved quickly. Also, we may use cookies to learn about the topics searched so that we can optimize the search results we deliver to you.
  • Understand how you use the Wikimedia Sites, so that we know what works and what is useful. For example, we might use cookies to learn about the list of articles you are following on your watchlist so that we can recommend similar articles that you may be interested in.
  • Understand how you use the Wikimedia Sites across different devices, so that we can make our varied Wikimedia Sites more efficient and effective for you.
  • Make the Wikimedia Sites more convenient to use, such as by using cookies to maintain your session when you log in or to remember your username in the login field.

Want to know even more? You can read more about some of the specific cookies we use, when they expire, and what we use them for in our FAQ.

We believe this data collection helps improve your user experience, but you may remove or disable some or all locally stored data through your browser settings, depending on your browser. You can learn more about some options you have in our FAQ. While locally stored data may not be necessary to use our sites, some features may not function properly if you disable locally stored data.

While the examples above concerning information about you collected through the use of data collection tools are kept confidential in accordance with this Policy, please note that some information about the actions taken by your username is made publicly available through public logs alongside actions taken by other users. For example, a public log may include the date your account was created on a Wikimedia Site along with the dates that other accounts were created on a Wikimedia Site. Information available through public logs will not include personal information about you.

Emails

You have the option of providing an email address at the time of registration or in later interactions with the Wikimedia Sites. If you do so, your email address is kept confidential, except as provided in this Policy. We do not sell, rent, or use your email address to advertise third-party products or services to you.

We use your email address to let you know about things that are happening with the Foundation, the Wikimedia Sites, or the Wikimedia movement, such as telling you important information about your account, letting you know if something is changing about the Wikimedia Sites or policies, and alerting you when there has been a change to an article that you have decided to follow. Please note that if you email us, we may keep your message, email address, and any other information you provide us, so that we can process and respond to your request.

You can choose to limit some of these kinds of notifications, like those alerting you if an article changes. Others, such as those containing critical information that all users need to know to participate successfully in the Wikimedia Sites, you may not be able to opt out of. You can manage what kinds of notifications you receive and how often you receive them by going to your Notifications Preferences. You can learn more about email and notifications and how to change your preferences in our FAQ.

We will never ask for your password by email (but may send you a temporary password via email if you have requested a password reset). If you ever receive such an email, please let us know by sending it to privacy@wikimedia.org, so we can investigate the source of the email.

Direct communications between users (such as messages sent through the "Email this user" feature), to the extent such communications are nonpublic and stored in or in transit through Wikimedia Foundation systems, are kept confidential by us, except as provided in this Policy.

Surveys & Feedback

Participating in optional surveys or providing feedback helps us make the Wikimedia Sites better. Because every survey and request for feedback may be used for various purposes, we will tell you, at the time we give you the survey or request for feedback, how we plan on using your answers and any personal information you provide. If you don't feel comfortable with how we plan on using the survey or feedback results, you are not obligated to take the survey or give feedback.

Location Information

GPS & Other Location Technologies

Some features we offer work better if we know what area you are in. But it's completely up to you whether or not you want us to use geolocation tools to make some features available to you. If you consent, we can use GPS (and other technologies commonly used to determine location) to show you more relevant content. We keep information obtained by these technologies confidential, except as provided in this Policy. You can learn more by checking out the list of examples of how we use these technologies in our FAQ.

Metadata

Sometimes, we may automatically receive location data from your device. For example, if you want to upload a photo on the Wikimedia Commons mobile app, we may receive metadata, such as the place and time you took the photo, automatically from your device. Please be aware that, unlike location information collected using GPS signals described above, the default setting on your mobile device typically includes the metadata in your photo or video upload to the Wikimedia Sites. If you do not want metadata sent to us and made public at the time of your upload, please change your settings on your device.

IP Addresses

Finally, when you visit any Wikimedia Site, we automatically receive the IP address of the device (or your proxy server) you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location. We keep IP addresses confidential, except as provided in this Policy. For example, if you make a contribution without signing into your account, your IP address used at the time will be publicly and permanently recorded. If you are visiting Wikimedia Sites with your mobile device, we may use your IP address to provide anonymized or aggregated information to service providers regarding the volume of usage in certain areas. We use IP addresses for research and analytics; to better personalize content, notices, and settings for you; to fight spam, identity theft, malware, and other kinds of abuse; and to provide better mobile and other applications.

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When May We Share Your Information?

With Your Permission

We may share your information for a particular purpose, if you agree. You can find more information in the list of examples in our FAQ.

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.

Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal objections or defenses you may have to a third party's request (whether it be civil, criminal, or governmental) to disclose your information. We recommend seeking the advice of legal counsel immediately if such a request is made involving you.

For more information, see our Subpoena FAQ.

If the Organization is Transferred (Really Unlikely!)

In the extremely unlikely event that ownership of all or substantially all of the Foundation changes, or we go through a reorganization (such as a merger, consolidation, or acquisition), we will continue to keep your personal information confidential, except as provided in this Policy, and provide notice to you via the Wikimedia Sites and a notification on WikimediaAnnounce-L or similar mailing list at least thirty (30) calendar days before any personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

To Protect You, Ourselves & Others

We, or particular users with certain administrative rights as described below, may need to share your personal information if it is reasonably believed to be necessary to enforce or investigate potential violations of our Terms of Use, this Privacy Policy, or any Foundation or user community-based policies. We may also need to access and share information to investigate and defend ourselves against legal threats or actions.

Wikimedia Sites are collaborative, with users writing most of the policies and selecting from amongst themselves people to hold certain administrative rights. These rights may include access to limited amounts of otherwise nonpublic information about recent contributions and activity by other users. They use this access to help protect against vandalism and abuse, fight harassment of other users, and generally try to minimize disruptive behavior on the Wikimedia Sites. These various user-selected administrative groups that have their own privacy and confidentiality guidelines, but all such groups are supposed to agree to follow our Access to Nonpublic Information Policy. These user-selected administrative groups are accountable to other users through checks and balances: users are selected through a community-driven process and overseen by their peers through a logged history of their actions. However, the legal names of these users are not known to the Wikimedia Foundation.

We hope that this never comes up, but we may disclose your personal information if we believe that it's reasonably necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm or death to a person, or to protect our organization, employees, contractors, users, or the public. We may also disclose your personal information if we reasonably believe it necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise assess and address potential spam, malware, fraud, abuse, unlawful activity, and security or technical concerns. (Check out the list of examples in our FAQ for more information.)

To Our Service Providers

As hard as we may try, we can't do it all. So sometimes we use third-party service providers or contractors who help run or improve the Wikimedia Sites for you and other users. We may give access to your personal information to these providers or contractors as needed to perform their services for us or to use their tools and services. We put requirements, such as confidentiality agreements, in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with, and no less protective of your privacy than, the principles of this Policy. (Check out the list of examples in our FAQ.)

To Understand & Experiment

The open-source software that powers the Wikimedia Sites depends on the contributions of volunteer software developers, who spend time writing and testing code to help it improve and evolve with our users' needs. To facilitate their work, we may give some developers limited access to systems that contain your personal information, but only as reasonably necessary for them to develop and contribute to the Wikimedia Sites.

Similarly, we may share non-personal or aggregated information with researchers, scholars, academics, and other interested third parties who wish to study the Wikimedia 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.

When we give access to personal information to third-party developers or researchers, we put requirements, such as reasonable technical and contractual protections, in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with the principles of this Policy and in accordance with our instructions. If these developers or researchers later publish their work or findings, we ask that they not disclose your personal information. Please note that, despite the obligations we impose on developers and researchers, we cannot guarantee that they will abide by our agreement, nor do we guarantee that we will regularly screen or audit their projects. (You can learn more about re-identification in our FAQ.)

Because You Made It Public

Any information you post publicly on the Wikimedia Sites is just that – public. For example, if you put your mailing address on your talk page, that is public, and not protected by this Policy. And if you edit without registering or logging into your account, your IP address will be seen publicly. Please think carefully about your desired level of anonymity before you disclose personal information on your user page or elsewhere.

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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).

How Long Do We Keep Your Data?

Once we receive personal information from you, we keep it for the shortest possible time that is consistent with the maintenance, understanding, and improvement of the Wikimedia Sites, and our obligations under applicable U.S. law. Non-personal information may be retained indefinitely. (Check out the list of examples in our FAQ.)

Please remember that certain information is retained and displayed indefinitely, such as your IP address (if you edit while not logged in) and any public contributions to the Wikimedia Sites.

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For the protection of the Wikimedia Foundation and other users, if you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you may not use the Wikimedia Sites.

Where is the Foundation & What Does That Mean for Me?

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 Wikimedia Sites, whether from inside or outside of the U.S., you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, processing, disclosure, and other uses of your information in the U.S. as described in this Privacy Policy. 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.

Our Response to Do Not Track (DNT) signals

We are strongly committed to not sharing nonpublic information with third parties. In particular, we do not allow tracking by third-party websites you have not visited (including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms), nor do we share your information with any third parties for marketing purposes. Under this Policy, we may share your information only under particular situations, which you can learn more about in the “When May We Share Your Information” section of this Privacy Policy.

Because we protect all users in this manner, we do not change our behavior in response to a web browser's "do not track" signal.

For more information regarding Do Not Track signals and how we handle them, please visit our FAQ.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

Because things naturally change over time and we want to ensure our Privacy Policy accurately reflects our practices and the law, it may be necessary to modify this Privacy Policy from time to time. We reserve the right to do so in the following manner:

  • In the event of substantial changes, we will provide the proposed changes to our users in at least three (3) languages (selected at our discretion) for open comment period lasting at least thirty (30) calendar days. Prior to the start of any comment period, we will provide notice of such changes and the opportunity to comment via the Wikimedia Sites, and via a notification on WikimediaAnnounce-L or a similar mailing list.
  • For minor changes, such as grammatical fixes, administrative or legal changes, or corrections of inaccurate statements, we will post the changes and, when possible, provide at least three (3) calendar days' prior notice via WikimediaAnnounce-L or similar mailing list.

We ask that you please review the most up-to-date version of our Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Wikimedia Sites after this Privacy Policy becomes effective constitutes acceptance of this Privacy Policy on your part. Your continued use of the Wikimedia Sites after any subsequent version of this Privacy Policy becomes effective, following notice as outlined above, constitutes acceptance of that version of the Privacy Policy on your part.

Contact Us

If you have questions or suggestions about this Privacy Policy, or the information collected under this Privacy Policy, please email us at privacy@wikimedia.org or contact us directly.

Thank You!

Thank you for reading our Privacy Policy. We hope you enjoy using the Wikimedia Sites and appreciate your participation in creating, maintaining, and constantly working to improve the largest repository of free knowledge in the world.

Please note that in the event of any differences in meaning or interpretation between the original English version of this Privacy Policy and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.

Privacy-related pages

Politica de confidenţialitate · Întrebări frecvente · Glossary of key terms · Subpoena FAQ · Acces la informații nonpublice (Confidentiality agreement · How to sign) · Data retention guidelines · Donor policy