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3 This policy is approved by the WikiNote Foundation Board of Trustees. It may not be circumvented, eroded, or ignored by local policies.
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17 (% style="font-size:12px" %)//This is a **summary of the Privacy Policy**. To read the full terms, click here.//
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20 (% style="font-size:12px" %)//**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.//
22 **Because we believe that a collaborative project like WikiNote needs large number of contributors, you should have to provide personal information to participate in the free knowledge movement. You may**:
24 * Read, edit, or use WikiNote Site after registering an account.
25 * Register for an account without providing a real name.
27 **Because we want to understand how WikiNote Site is used so we can make them better for you, we collect some information when you**:
29 * Make public contributions.
30 * Register an account or update your user page.
31 * Send us emails or participate in a survey or give feedback.
33 **We are committed to**:
35 * Describing how your information may be used or shared in this Privacy Policy.
36 * Using reasonable measures to keep your information secure.
37 * As of now, not selling your information or sharing it with third parties for marketing purposes.
39 * Sharing your information in limited circumstances, such as to improve the WikiNote Site, to comply with the law, or to protect you and others.
40 * Retaining your data for the shortest possible time that is consistent with maintaining, understanding, and improving the WikiNote Site, and our obligations under law.
42 **Be aware**:
44 * Any content you add or any change that you make to a WikiNote Site will be publicly available, which may not be permanent.
46 * Our community of volunteer editors and contributors is a self-policing body. Certain administrators of the WikiNote Site, who are chosen by the community, use tools that grant them limited access to nonpublic information about recent contributions so they may protect the WikiNote Site and enforce policies.
48 * This Privacy Policy does not apply to all services run by the WikiNote Foundation, such as sites or services that have their own privacy policy (like the WikiNote Shop) or sites or services run by third parties (like third-party developer projects on WikiNote Labs).
49 * 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.
50 * For the protection of the WikiNote Foundation and other users, if you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you may not use the WikiNote Site.
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53 == Introduction ==
55 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)The WikiNote Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates collaborative, free knowledge website This **Policy explains** how we collect, use, and share your personal information.
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58 * (% style="font-size:14px" %)We collect very little personal information about you.
59 * (% style="font-size:14px" %)As of now, we do not rent or sell your information to third parties.
61 (% style="font-size:14px" %)**By using WikiNote Site, you consent to this Policy.**
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64 The Wiki movement is founded on a **simple, but powerful principle**: we can do more together than any of us can do alone. We cannot work collectively without gathering, sharing, and analyzing information about our users as we seek new ways to make the WikiNote Site more useable, safer, and more beneficial.
66 We believe that information-gathering and use should go hand-in-hand with transparency. This Privacy Policy explains how the WikiNote Foundation, the non-profit organization that collects, uses, and shares information we receive from you through your use of the WikiNote Site. It is essential to understand that, by using the WikiNote Site, you consent to the collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure, and use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. That means that reading this Policy carefully is important.
68 We believe that you shouldn't have to provide personal information to participate in the free knowledge movement. You do not have to provide things like your real name, address, or date of birth to sign up for a standard account or contribute content to the WikiNote Site.
70 Currently, we do not sell or rent your nonpublic information, nor do we give it to others to sell you anything. We use it to figure out how to make the WikiNote Site more engaging and accessible, to see which ideas work, and to make learning and contributing more fun. Put simply: we use this information to make the WikiNote Site better for you.
72 WikiNote is a new and very young site. Currently, it is ran by personal resources of the founders. There are many products and services we have to purchase from third party, like servers, developers, promotion, etc. In future, we might need more capital to fund our expenditures and we will consider different ways of fundraising. Any changes required in our privacy policy at such time will be made public. We intend to have such implications as little as possible.
74 After all, it's people like you, the champions of free knowledge, who make it possible for the WikiNote Site to not only exist, but also grow and thrive.
76 **Definitions**
78 Because everyone (not just lawyers) should be able to easily understand how and why their information is collected and used, we use common language instead of more formal terms throughout this Policy. To help ensure your understanding of some particular key terms, here is a table of translations:
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82 |"the WikiNote Foundation" / "the Foundation" / "we" / "us" / "our"|The WikiNote Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates the WikiNote Site.
83 |"WikiNote Sites" / "our services" |WikiNote websites and services (regardless of language), including our main project - WikiNote, 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.
84 |"you" / "your" / "me" |You, regardless of whether you are an individual, group, or organization, and regardless of whether you are using the WikiNote Site or our services on behalf of yourself or someone else.
85 |"this Policy" / "this Privacy Policy" |This document, entitled the "WikiNote Foundation Privacy Policy".
86 |"contributions" |Content you add or changes you make to any WikiNote Site.
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88 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:
90 (a) your real name, address, phone number, email address, password, identification number on government-issued ID, IP address, user-agent information, credit card number;
91 (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
92 (c) any of the items in subsections (a) or (b) when associated with your user account
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94 |"third party" / "third parties" |Individuals, entities, websites, services, products, and applications that are not controlled, managed, or operated by the WikiNote Foundation. This includes other WikiNote users and independent organizations or groups who help promote the WikiNote movement such as WikiNote chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups as well as volunteers, employees, directors, officers, grant recipients, and contractors of those organizations or groups.
96 **What This Privacy Policy Does & Doesn't Cover**
98 Except as explained below, this Privacy Policy applies to our collection and handling of information about you that we receive as a result of your use of any of the Wikimedia Sites. This Policy also applies to information that we receive from our partners or other third parties. To understand more about what this Privacy Policy covers, please see below.
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103 For the sake of clarity, this Privacy Policy covers, regardless of language:
105 * All of our major sites (found at list of major projects), such as WikiNote, including user pages, discussion pages, and noticeboards.
106 * Our blogs and APIs (unless we have provided a separate policy for those services).
107 * Our mobile sites and applications, which can be found on our official list.
108 * Emails, SMS, and notifications from us or sent to us from you.
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112 This Privacy Policy, however, does not cover some situations where we may gather or process information. For example, some uses may be covered by separate privacy policies (like those of the WikiNote Shop) or sites or services run by third parties (such as third-party developer projects on WikiNote Labs). To understand more about what this Privacy Policy does not cover, please see below.
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118 This section is part of the Privacy Policy and is meant to explain in detail which situations are not covered by our Privacy Policy.
120 **WikiNote Site with alternative policies**
121 Some WikiNote Foundation websites have alternative privacy policies or provisions that differ from this Privacy Policy. These websites include:
123 * WikiNote Shop (covered by the shop's policy); and
124 *, including the donation process, such as clicking on a donation banner (covered by the Donor Privacy Policy).
126 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).
128 **Community members**
129 The WikiNote Site is collaborative labors of love that are constantly maintained and updated by a 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:
131 * Administrative volunteers, such as CheckUsers or Stewards. These are volunteers who enforce WikiNote Site policies and ensure the safety of the Site. 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.
132 * 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:
133 ** posting to Foundation-hosted email lists;
134 ** requesting support from volunteers through our online ticketing system (email sent to info[at] goes to this system);
135 ** emailing other users through the WikiNote Site (for example, by using the "Share by Email" feature); and
136 ** chatting on IRC (such as on the #wikinote channel), which will be opened anytime soon.
138 **Third parties**
139 This Privacy Policy only covers the way the WikiNote Foundation collects and handles information. Third parties who might receive information when you use the WikiNote Site may include:
141 * Service providers whom we may use to help provide our services to you. For example, 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.
142 * Websites run by other organizations, like websites linked to from the "References" sections of WikiNote, or run by WikiNote chapters or other movement organizations. These organizations may receive information from you if you visit their websites after using the WikiNote Site. They are governed by their own privacy policies.
143 * 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 WikiNote Site or WikiNote Site content. They are governed by their own privacy policies.
144 * Third-party data-collecting tools that are placed on WikiNote Site by us or volunteers or other third parties. Sometimes, volunteers may place a data-collecting tool, such as a script, gadget, or share button, on a WikiNote 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] so we can investigate.
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148 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.
150 == Use of Info ==
152 === Your Public Contributions ===
154 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)Whatever you post on WikiNote Site can be seen and used by everyone.
156 The WikiNote Site was primarily created to help you share your knowledge with the world, and we share your contributions because you have asked us to do so.
158 When you make a contribution to any page on WikiNote Site, including on user or forum pages, you are creating a permanent, public record of every piece of content added, removed, or altered by you. The page history will show when your contribution or deletion was made, as well as your username or your IP address. We may use your public contributions, either aggregated with the public contributions of others or individually, to create new features or data-related products for you or to learn more about how the WikiNote Sites are used.
160 Unless this Policy says otherwise, you should assume that information that you actively contribute to the WikiNote Site, including personal information, is publicly visible and can be found by search engines. Like most things on the Internet, anything you share may be copied and redistributed throughout the Internet by other people. Please do not contribute any information that you are uncomfortable making permanently public, like revealing your real name or location in your contributions.
162 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.
164 === Account Information & Registration ===
166 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)You do not need to create an account to read on WikiNote Site. However, if you want to edit any article, you need to register. If you do create an account, you do not need to give us your name or email address.
168 Want to create an account? Great! Don't want to create an account? No problem!
170 You are not required to create an account to read on a WikiNote Site, except under rare circumstances. However, if you want to edit any article, you need to register. If you want to contribute without signing in, you should comment on that article or mail us your changes on our email Some volunteer will update your changes once she goes through it. Such indirect contributions may not reflect immediately on WikiNote as volunteers may not be available instantly.
172 If you want to create a standard account, in most cases we require only an email, a username and a password. Your username will be publicly visible, so please be careful about using your real name as your username. Your password is only used to verify that the account is yours. Your IP address is also automatically submitted to us, and we record it temporarily to help prevent abuse. No other personal information is required: no name, no date of birth, no credit card information.
174 Once created, user accounts cannot be removed entirely (although you can usually hide the information on your user page if you choose to). This is because your public contributions must be associated with their author (you!). So make sure you pick a name that you will be comfortable with for years to come.
176 To gain a better understanding of the demographics of our users, to localize our services, and to learn how we can improve our services, we may ask you for more demographic information, such as gender or age, about yourself. We will tell you if such information is intended to be public or private, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to provide us with that information. Providing such information is always completely optional. If you don't want to, you don't have to—it's as simple as that.
178 === Information Related to Your Use of the WikiNote Site ===
180 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We collect information about how you use WikiNote Site which we use to enhance your user experience and to develop new features.
182 We want to make the WikiNote Site better for you by learning more about how you use them. Examples of this might include how often you visit the WikiNote Site, what you like, what you find helpful, how you get to the WikiNote Site, and whether you would use a helpful feature more if we explained it differently. We also want this Policy and our practices to reflect our community's values. For this reason, we keep information related to your use of the WikiNote Site confidential, except as provided in this Policy.
184 === Information We Receive Automatically ===
186 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)Like other websites, we receive some information about you automatically when you visit the WikiNote Site. This information helps us administer the WikiNote Site and enhance your user experience.
188 Because of how browsers work and similar to other major websites, we receive some information automatically when you visit the WikiNote Site. This information includes the type of device you are using (possibly including unique device identification numbers, for some beta versions of our mobile applications), the type and version of your browser, your browser's language preference, the type and version of your device's operating system, in some cases the name of your internet service provider or mobile carrier, the website that referred you to the WikiNote Site, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to the WikiNote Site.
190 Put simply, we use this information to enhance your experience with WikiNote Site. For example, we use this information to administer the sites, provide greater security, and fight vandalism; optimize mobile applications, customize content and set language preferences, test features to see what works, and improve performance; understand how users interact with the WikiNote Site, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics and analyze trends.
192 === Information We Collect ===
194 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We use a variety of commonly-used technologies, like cookies, to understand how you use the WikiNote Site, make our services safer and easier to use, and to help create a better and more personalized experience for you.
196 We actively collect some types of information with a variety of commonly-used technologies. These generally include tracking pixels, JavaScript, and a variety of "locally stored data" technologies, such as cookies and local storage. We realize that some of these technologies do not have the best reputation in town and can be used for less-than-noble purposes. So we want to be as clear as we can about why we use these methods and the type of information we collect with them.
198 Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data can be anything from text, pictures, and whole articles (as we explain further below) to personal information (like your IP address) and information about your use of the WikiNote Site (like your username or the time of your visit).
200 We use this information to make your experience with the WikiNote Site safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with the WikiNote Site, and to generally improve our services. We will never use third-party cookies, unless we get your permission to do so. If you ever come across a third-party data collection tool that has not been authorized by you (such as one that may have been mistakenly placed by another user or administrator), please report it to us at (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)
202 Locally stored data, JavaScript, and tracking pixels help us do things like:
204 * Provide you with a personalized experience, such as using cookies to know your language preference, to remember the user preferences you set so we can provide you with the customized look and feel that you want, and to tell you about interesting WikiNote issues and events in your area.
205 * 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.
206 * Understand how you use the WikiNote Site, 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.
207 * Understand how you use the WikiNote Site across different devices, so that we can make Site more efficient and effective for you.
208 * Make the WikiNote Site 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.
210 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)FAQ(%%).
212 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)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.
214 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)public logs(%%) alongside actions taken by other users. For example, a public log may include the date your account was created on a WikiNote Site along with the dates that other accounts were created on a WikiNote Site. Information available through public logs will not include personal information about you.
216 === Emails ===
218 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)You choose to provide your email address, we will keep it confidential, except as provided in this Policy.We may occasionally send you emails about important information.You may choose to opt out of certain kinds of notifications.
220 You have to provide an email address at the time of registration or in later interactions with the WikiNote Site. 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.
222 We use your email address to let you know about things that are happening with the Foundation, the WikiNote Site, or the wiki movement, such as telling you important information about your account, letting you know if something is changing about the WikiNote Site 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.
224 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 WikiNote Site, 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)FAQ(%%).
226 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %), so we can investigate the source of the email.
228 Direct communications between users (such as messages sent through the "Send Message" feature), to the extent such communications are nonpublic and stored in or in transit through WikiNote Foundation systems, are kept confidential by us, except as provided in this Policy.
230 === Surveys & Feedback ===
232 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We may ask you to provide us with information through a survey or provide feedback, but you will never be obligated to participate.
234 Participating in optional surveys or providing feedback helps us make the WikiNote Site 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.
236 === Location Information ===
238 ==== GPS & Other Location Technologies ====
240 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)If you consent, we can use commonly-used location technologies to show you more relevant content.
242 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)FAQ(%%).
244 ==== Metadata ====
246 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We may automatically receive location data from your device.
248 Sometimes, we may automatically receive location data from your device. For example, if you want to upload a photo, 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 WikiNote Site. 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.
250 ==== IP Addresses ====
252 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)When you visit WikiNote Site, we automatically receive the IP address of the device you are using to access the Internet, which can be used to infer your geographical location.
254 Finally, when you visit WikiNote 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, your IP address used at the time will be permanently recorded. 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.
256 == Sharing ==
258 === When May We Share Your Information? ===
260 ==== With Your Permission ====
262 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We may share your information when you give us specific permission to do so.
264 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**.
266 ==== For Legal Reasons ====
268 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We will disclose your information in response to an official legal process only if we believe it to be legally valid. We will notify you of such requests when possible.
270 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.
272 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.
274 For more information, see our (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)Subpoena FAQ(%%).
276 ==== If the Organization is Transferred (Really Unlikely!) ====
278 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)In the unlikely event that the ownership of the Foundation changes, we will provide you 30 days notice before any personal information is transferred to the new owners or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.
280 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 WikiNote Site and a notification on your email or a mailing list at least thirty (30) calendar days before any personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.
282 ==== To Protect You, Ourselves & Others ====
284 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We, or users with certain administrative rights, may disclose information that is reasonably necessary to:
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287 * (% style="font-size:14px" %)enforce or investigate potential violations of Foundation or community-based policies;
288 * (% style="font-size:14px" %)protect our organization, infrastructure, employees, contractors, or the public; or
289 * (% style="font-size:14px" %)prevent imminent or serious bodily harm or death to a person.
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292 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.
294 WikiNote Site is 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 WikiNote Site. These various user-selected administrative groups have their own privacy and confidentiality guidelines, but all such groups are supposed to agree to follow our (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)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 WikiNote Foundation.
296 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)FAQ(%%) for more information.)
298 ==== To Our Service Providers ====
300 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We may disclose personal information to our third-party service providers or contractors to help run or improve the WikiNote Site and provide services in support of our mission.
302 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 WikiNote Site 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)FAQ(%%).)
304 ==== To Understand & Experiment ====
306 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We may give volunteer developers and researchers access to systems that contain your information to allow them to protect, develop, and contribute to the WikiNote Site. We may also share non-personal or aggregated information with third parties interested in studying the WikiNote Site.When we share information with third parties for these purposes, we put reasonable technical and contractual protections in place to protect your information consistent with this Policy.
308 The open-source software that powers the WikiNote Site 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 WikiNote Site.
310 Similarly, we may share non-personal or aggregated information with researchers, scholars, academics, and other interested third parties who wish to study the WikiNote Site. 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 WikiNote Site.
312 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 (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)FAQ(%%).)
314 ==== Because You Made It Public ====
316 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)Information that you post is public and can be seen and used by everyone.
318 Any information you post publicly on the WikiNote Site is just that – public. For example, if you put your mailing address in comment page or forum, that is public, and not protected by this Policy. Please think carefully about your desired level of anonymity before you disclose personal information on your user page or elsewhere.
320 == Protection ==
322 === How Do We Protect Your Data? ===
324 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We use a variety of physical and technical measures, policies, and procedures to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.
326 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).
328 === How Long Do We Keep Your Data? ===
330 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We only keep your personal information as long as necessary to maintain, understand, and improve the WikiNote Site or to comply with Indian law.
332 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 WikiNote Site, and our obligations under applicable Indian law. Non-personal information may be retained indefinitely. (Check out the list of examples in our (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)FAQ(%%).)
334 Please remember that certain information is retained and displayed indefinitely, such as any public contributions to the WikiNote Site.
336 == Important info ==
338 (% style="font-size:14px" %)**For the protection of the WikiNote Foundation and other users, if you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you may not use the WikiNote Site.**
340 === Where is the Foundation & What Does That Mean for Me? ===
342 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)You are consenting to the use of your information in the Republic of India and to the transfer of that information to other countries in connection to providing our services to you and others.
344 The WikiNote Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, with servers and data centers located in the India and U.S. If you decide to use WikiNote Site, whether from inside or outside of the India, you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, processing, disclosure, and other uses of your information in the Republic of India as described in this Privacy Policy. You also consent to the transfer of your information by us from the Republic of India to other countries, which may have different or less stringent data protection laws than your country, in connection with providing services to you.
346 === Our Response to Do Not Track (DNT) signals ===
348 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)We do not allow tracking by third-party websites you have not visited. We do not share your data with third parties for marketing purposes.
350 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.
352 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.
354 For more information regarding Do Not Track signals and how we handle them, please visit our (% style="color:#e74c3c" %)FAQ(%%).
356 === Changes to This Privacy Policy ===
358 >(% style="font-size:14px" %)Substantial changes to this Policy will not be made until after a public comment period of at least 30 days.
360 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:
362 * In the event of substantial changes, we will provide the proposed changes to our users 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 WikiNote Site, and via a notification on your email or a mailing list.
363 * For minor changes, such as grammatical fixes, administrative or legal changes, or corrections of inaccurate statements, we will not post the changes though you may always see the history of this 'Privacy Policy' page to have deeper insights.
365 We ask that you please review the most up-to-date version of our Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the WikiNote Site 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.
367 == Contact Us ==
369 If you have questions or suggestions about this Privacy Policy, or the information collected under this Privacy Policy, please email us at or [[contact us>>doc:WikiNote.Contact-us]] directly.
371 == Thank You! ==
373 Thank you for reading our Privacy Policy. We hope you enjoy using the WikiNote Site and appreciate your participation in creating, maintaining, and constantly working to improve this repository of free knowledge.
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377 **This privacy policy was approved by the board on 11^^th^^ August, 2017 and went into effect on 11^^th^^ August, 2017.**
379 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.
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