Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At the Wiki Education Foundation (“Wiki Ed”) we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for information that by itself can be used to identify you (for example, your name, email address, postal address, or phone number) (collectively, “Personal Information”) unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your Personal Information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our programs, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store Personal Information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our programs.

Below is our Privacy Policy, which incorporates these goals.

Wiki Ed operates several websites including,,, and (collectively, the “Sites” or the “Services”). It is Wiki Ed’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our Sites.

How You Accept this Policy

When you visit Wiki Ed Sites, sign up for an account, or otherwise provide us with any Personal Information, you consent to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

What Information Wiki Ed Collects

Gathering of Non-Personal Information

Like most website operators, Wiki Ed collects non-personally-identifying information (“Non-Personal Information”) of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Wiki Ed’s purpose in collecting Non-Personal Information is to better understand how Wiki Ed’s visitors use its Services. From time to time, Wiki Ed may release Non-Personal Information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its Services.

Gathering of Personal Information

In order to provide you with a high quality service and verify your identity, we collect various types of information when you visit the Sites. When you create a user account, we will also collect certain Personal Information such as your first and last name, username, email address, password, university with which you are associated, and start and end dates of the courses in which you are enrolled or teaching. Additionally, for users of, Wiki Ed may collect your Facebook or Twitter username and any articles you have added. Wiki Ed also keeps track of your use of the Sites, edits you make to Wikipedia articles, and anything else that you may post. We use this information for internal purposes to understand or improve Wiki Ed or for external marketing or advertising purposes.

With respect to information collected from donors, Wiki Ed may collect such information as name, amount donated, address, telephone number, donor comments, e-mail address, and any other personal information provided to us (“Donor Data”). For donations by check, Donor Data also includes the data visible on the check. For donations by credit card, Wiki Ed does not store credit card information, bank account numbers, or other financial account data sent directly to third-party payment processing services.

Gathering of Potentially Personal Information

Wiki Ed also collects potentially Personal Information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the blog. Wiki Ed only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses Personal Information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

How Wiki Ed Gathers Information

Interactions with Wiki Ed

Visitors to Wiki Ed’s Sites may interact with Wiki Ed Sites in ways that require Wiki Ed to gather Personal Information. The amount and type of information that Wiki Ed gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask instructors who create a course page on to provide their real names and email addresses. We also collect metadata about edits that were deleted from Wikipedia. Those who engage in transactions with Wiki Ed—by making a donation to Wiki Ed, for example—are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Wiki Ed collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Wiki Ed. Wiki Ed does not disclose Personal Information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply Personal Information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities. We also have a mailing list, which you can join by providing us with your email address.

Third-Party Services

To run Wiki Ed, we often utilize various third-party products and services (collectively “Third Party Services”), such as WordPress to provide a platform for blogs, oAuth to access and authorize users’ Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia accounts, and Akismet to police for spam. To provide donors the best possible experience, we work with service providers and may share Donor Data and other information with, or have it transmitted through, them. Such service providers include, for example, collocation facilities and bandwidth providers as well as organizations that help non-profit organizations with fundraising. Payment processors allow donors to give electronically using a payment services account, a credit card, or other payment method. These processors collect certain information from donors, and you should consult their privacy policies to determine their practices.

If you authorize us to connect with these Third Party Services, you grant us permission to collect certain Personal Information, such as your name, email address, and any other information that the Third Party Services make available to us. Further discussion regarding the information collected by WordPress can be found at Please note that your use of these Third Party Services is governed by their respective Terms of Service and Privacy Policies. We use and disclose any collected information in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Wiki Ed uses cookies to help Wiki Ed identify and track visitors, their usage of Wiki Ed Sites, and their Site access preferences. Wiki Ed also uses cookies to track and log emails exchanges with users, including when emails from Wiki Ed are opened and links within those emails are clicked. Wiki Ed visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Wiki Ed Sites, with the drawback that certain features of Wiki Ed Sites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Aggregated Statistics

Wiki Ed may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its Sites. For instance, Wiki Ed may monitor the most popular blog posts on the site or use the Akismet service to help identify spam. Wiki Ed may display this information publicly or provide it to others. Third party service providers and other persons may also share with us aggregated Non-Personal Information that they have independently developed or acquired.

Communications You Initiate with Us

If you contact us in person, by phone, email, social media, or by some other means, we may keep a record of your contact information, correspondence, and links you open within messages sent by us for later reference (to help improve our Services).

How We Use the Personal Information We Gather

We will not share your Personal Information with third parties who wish to market other products and services to you, and Wiki Ed will not rent or sell potentially Personal and Personal Information to anyone. We use your Personal Information for a variety of purposes, including to:

  • Distributing receipts and thanking donors for donations;
  • Informing donors about upcoming fundraising and other activities of Wiki Education Foundation;
  • Respond to your comments or questions;
  • Provide you with additional information according to your preferences;
  • Contact you when necessary;
  • Generate aggregated statistics to help us improve the user experience;
  • Make Wiki Ed Sites easier and more convenient for you (such as by prepopulating forms when you have already provided identical information);
  • Send you information and marketing materials about Wiki Ed services and products;
  • Train our team members; or
  • Other internal business purposes.

Wiki Ed discloses potentially Personal and Personal Information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that: (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Wiki Ed’s behalf or to provide services available at Wiki Ed Sites, or (ii) have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Wiki Ed Sites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.

Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, Wiki Ed discloses potentially Personal and Personal Information only in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request, or when Wiki Ed believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Wiki Ed, third parties, or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Wiki Ed Site and have supplied your email address, Wiki Ed may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Wiki Ed and our programs. If you send us a request (for example, via a support email), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users.

Change of Control

We may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, customer information is typically one of the business assets that would be transferred. Also, if we (or our assets) are acquired, or if we go out of business, enter bankruptcy, or go through some other change of control, your Personal Information could be one of the assets transferred to or acquired by a third party. By accepting this Privacy Policy, as outlined above, you consent to any such transfer.

Protection of Us and Others

We reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information that we reasonably believe is necessary to comply with law or court order; cooperate with law enforcement; enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Wiki Ed, our employees, our users, or others.

What Personal Information can I access or change?

Because you use our Services by logging in with your Wikipedia, Facebook, or Twitter accounts, we do not require you to create an account or a password. You can review and revise the information we collect from you Wikipedia, Facebook, or Twitter accounts by visiting your profile page for those accounts. If you have any problems, you may also contact us at If you decide you don’t want to receive email or other mail from us, you can reply to our communications with a request to be unsubscribed. Unsubscribing will stop you from receiving most types of communication, but it may not apply to emails that respond to your specific request.

Data Retention

Wiki Ed will retain your data for the life of our services. If you delete your account, we may retain some Personal Information that you have provided to us in order to maintain the Site for other members or to comply with relevant laws.


We are especially sensitive about children’s information. We’re not a site targeted towards children and we don’t knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13. If you have questions concerning our information practices with respect to children, or if you learn that a child under the age of 13 has used a Wiki Ed Site, created a member account, or provided us with Personal Information, please email us at

How We Secure Your Personal Information

Wiki Ed takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially Personal and Personal Information. Wiki Ed employs several physical and electronic safeguards to keep your information safe, including securing all connections with industry standard transport layer security. If you log into your Wikipedia, Facebook, or Twitter account on a shared computer, be sure to sign out of your account when finished. If you believe a third party has access to your account, you must let us know as soon as possible. Even with all these precautions, Wiki Ed cannot fully guarantee against the access, disclosure, alteration, or deletion of data through events such as, but not limited to, hardware or software failure or unauthorized entry or use.

Online Tracking and How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals

Online tracking is the collection of data about an individual’s Internet activity used to deliver targeted advertisements and for other purposes. Some web browsers (including Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome) incorporate a “Do Not Track” (DNT) or similar feature that signals to websites that a visitor does not want to have his/her online activity and behavior tracked. If an online service elects to respond to a particular DNT signal, the service may refrain from collecting certain Personal Information about the browser’s user. Not all browsers offer a DNT option and there is currently no industry consensus as to what constitutes a DNT signal. Wiki Ed does its best to respond to the DNT signals, but it may not universally across all of the Sites. For more information about DNT signals, visit

International Users and Visitors

Wiki Ed is hosted in the United States. Because the Internet is global, you should note that by providing your personal information as an international visitor or user, you are: (i) permitting the transfer of your Personal Information to the United States which may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you reside; and (ii) permitting the use of your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Wiki Ed may change its Privacy Policy from time to time in Wiki Ed’s sole discretion. Wiki Ed encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If we do revise this Privacy Policy, we will update the “Effective Date” at the bottom of this page so that you can tell if it has changed since your last visit and do our best to notify you. Your continued use of Wiki Ed Sites after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.


For any additional questions, email us at

Effective Date: July 8, 2016

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The Wiki Education Foundation’s Privacy Policy is derived from Automattic’s Privacy Policy, which is released under a CC-BY-SA license. The Wiki Education Foundation re-licenses our modifications under a CC-BY-SA license as well.