User talk:Mdennis (WMF)

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Personal information held on WMF servers[edit]

Bom dia, good morning to Maggie, Maria and all and a happy and prosperous 2017. Saturday's edition of the London Times discusses the World - Check online database of personal information. It comments

Anyone may request a copy of their personal data from World-Check. If you are on it and believe that the information is inaccurate or out of date you can request that your entry be updated or removed. The final say is with Thomson Reuters.

As the legislation applies equally to all databases, the reference to World-Check could be replaced by "Wikimedia Foundation." This is my formal request to you to delete the inaccurate information on the profile en:Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Vote (X) for Change. Two independent observers, Anna Frodesiak and RedPanda25 have certified that the page is scurrilous, criminal harassment. You will note that RedPanda25 has tabulated his findings on the associated talk page. 07:25, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

Hello, To communicate formal legal requests, you may contact or to reach out via mail to
General Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation
c/o CT Corporation System
818 West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, California 90017
You may also send a FAX to +1 (415) 882-0495. I would encourage you to identify to them what information on that page you believe constitutes private information, since it may not be readily apparent. I trust they will be able to offer you all due assistance, expeditiously. --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 16:25, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
Legal would only need to become involved if the community cannot resolve this matter internally. The issue is not so much the release of private information as the posting of false information to hold an editor up to "hatred, ridicule or contempt". A request for correction was made to and approved by an autoconfirmed editor. The details were as follows:

As a result of the intimidation Pikachu RP25 and RedPanda25 (who are the same person) never made the correction. It can be made by any autoconfirmed editor - although of course anybody who does it is going to be intimidated. Some people are not amenable to intimidation - for example any administrator who tried it with you would not be an administrator for much longer. All the best, 06:53, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

I'm afraid that I cannot assist you with a formal request for something to be resolved internally by community, as I do not have authority over the community of volunteers. If you are seeking community assistance with an on-wiki matter, you will need to go through community processes. If you are unfamiliar with avenues available to you, you may be able to get advice from the volunteer email response team. Please note that this email address is operated by volunteers who have no special authority over content on Wikipedia or other projects. They may, however, be able to guide you to the appropriate avenue of appeal. You can reach them at If, on the other hand, you feel that there are legal issues here that require Wikimedia Foundation intervention, I would encourage you to reach out to our legal team. They are quite experienced at determining what laws apply to material hosted on servers owned by the Wikimedia Foundation and taking appropriate action. --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 13:56, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
Agreed, but it is standard community practice for an IP editor who wants to edit a particular page but can't because it is protected to raise a "protected edit request". Am I on the right track here? 06:23, 6 January 2017 (UTC)