Periodically, the Privacy team at the Wikimedia Foundation will review our privacy policies to ensure they continue to align with our commitment to privacy as well as industry standards. Earlier this year, we finalized such a review and made several minor, though important, changes. We’re sharing a summary of those changes here.
Privacy is a core value of the Wikimedia movement; it allows the projects to be a space where everyone can access and contribute to free knowledge. Our privacy policies (yes, we have multiple!) are designed to protect the unique ways different people like editors, donors, and job applicants to the Wikimedia Foundation interact with the Wikimedia projects and our non-wiki websites, like wikimediafoundation.org.
The changes we made to the following policies focus on making language more consistent and clarifying how to make requests regarding the very little personal data we collect. Updates to the following policies will take effect on June 25, 2021:
Our general privacy practices are not changing. We continue to intentionally collect very little data about readers and contributors. We do not allow third-party tracking of visitors to our sites. Per our data retention guidelines, we maintain short data retention periods. We publish a transparency report twice a year to inform the public about requests for data about our users.
This update is part of our effort to regularly improve our privacy practices and protect the personal data of Wikimedia contributors, donors, and others as technology and the world change rapidly around us. Look out for updates to learn more about our approach to privacy and data security practices. If you have questions about the latest policy updates, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aeryn Palmer, Legal Director
Special thanks to Privacy Fellow Ellen Magallanes for assistance with the preparation of this blog post, to the Wikimedia Foundation staffers who contributed to these updates, and to those across the Community Relations, Communications, Legal Affairs, and Trust and Safety teams for their hard work and support in rolling out the policies.