From World Top MD
This policy covers personally identifiable information collected or stored by World Top MD (in short WTMD) on its servers in relation to the site and its community.
The public and collaborative nature of the project
WTMD is a collaboratively developed by its users using the MediaWiki software. Anyone with Internet access (and not otherwise restricted from doing so) may edit the publicly editable pages of this site with or without logging in as a registered user. By doing this, editors create a published document, and a public record of every word added, subtracted, or changed. This is a public act, and editors are identified publicly as the author of such changes. All contributions made to the site, and all publicly available information about those contributions, are irrevocably licensed and may be freely copied, quoted, reused and adapted by third parties with few restrictions.
Activities on World Top MD
In general, this Policy only applies to private information stored or held by WTMD which is not publicly available.
Interactions with the site not covered by this Policy include, but are not limited to, aspects of browsing and editing pages, and use of the wiki "email user" function. These interactions may reveal a contributor's IP address, and possibly other personal information, indiscriminately to the general public, or to specific groups of volunteers acting independently of the site.
Users may also interact with one another outside of the site, via email, IRC or other chat, or independent websites, and should assess the risks involved, and their personal need for privacy, before using these methods of communication.
The site require editors to register. Registered users are identified by their chosen username. Users select a password, which is confidential and used to verify the integrity of their account. Except insofar as it may be required by law, no person should disclose, or knowingly expose, either user passwords and/or cookies generated to identify a user. WTMD does not guarantee that a username will be changed on request.
Purpose of the collection of private information
WTMD limits the collection of personally identifiable user data to purposes which serve the well-being of the site, including but not limited to the following:
- To enhance the public accountability of the site. WTMD recognizes that any system that is open enough to allow the greatest possible participation of the general public will also be vulnerable to certain kinds of abuse and counterproductive behavior. In an effort to prevent or remedy abusive activities, for example, when investigating abuse, vandalism, harassment of other users, or disruptive behavior, the IP addresses of users (derived either from those logs or from records in the database) may be used to identify the source(s) of the abusive behavior.
- To provide further information to inquiries initiated by visitors to the site. WTMD may forward the details of your inquiry to a third party related to the page or subject under which you have initiated your inquiry.
- To provide site statistics. The site statistically samples raw log data from users' visits. These logs are used to produce the site statistics pages; the raw log data is not made public.
- To solve technical problems. Log data may be examined by developers in the course of solving technical problems and in tracking down badly-behaved web spiders that overwhelm the site.
Details of data retention
IP and other technical information
- When a visitor requests or reads a page, or sends email to an WTMD server, no more information is collected than is typically collected by web sites. WTMD may keep raw logs of such transactions, but these will not be published or used to track legitimate users.
- When a page is edited by a logged-in editor, the server confidentially stores related IP information.
- The sites set a temporary session cookie on a visitor's computer whenever a site page is visited. Readers who do not intend to log in or edit may deny this cookie; it will be deleted at the end of the browser's session. More cookies may be set when one logs in to maintain logged-in status. If one saves a user name or password in one's browser, that information will be saved, and this information will be resent to the server on every visit to the site. Contributors using a public machine who do not wish to show their username to future users of the machine should clear these cookies after use.
- Edits or other contributions to the site on its articles, user pages and talk pages are generally retained forever. Removing text from the site does not permanently delete it. Normally, anyone can look at a previous version of an article and see what was there. Even if an article is "deleted", a user entrusted with higher level of access may still see what was removed from public view. Information can be permanently deleted by individuals with access to WTMD servers, but aside from the rare circumstance when WTMD is required to delete editing-history material in response to a court order or equivalent legal process, there is no guarantee any permanent deletion will happen.
- User contributions are also aggregated and publicly available. User contributions are aggregated according to their registration and login status. Data on user contributions, such as the times at which users edited and the number of edits they have made, are publicly available via user contributions lists, and in aggregated forms published by other users.
Reading the site
- No more information on users and other visitors reading pages is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites. Aside from the above raw log data collected for general purposes, page visits do not expose a visitor's identity publicly. Sampled raw log data may include the IP address of any user, but it is not reproduced publicly.
Editing the site
- Edits to the site pages are identified with the username of the editor, and editing history is aggregated by author in a contribution list. Such information will be available permanently on the site.
- Logged in users do not expose their IP address to the public except in cases of abuse, including vandalism of a wiki page by the user or by another user with the same IP address. A user's IP address is stored on the wiki servers, where it can be seen by server administrators and by users who have been granted CheckUser access.
- IP address information, and its connection to any usernames that share it, may be released under certain circumstances (see below).
- Editors using a company mail server from home or telecommuting over a DSL or cable Internet connection, are likely to be easy to identify by their IP address; in which case it may be easy to cross-identify all contributions to the site made by that IP. Using a username is a better way of preserving privacy in this situation.
- On wiki discussion pages
- Any editable page can theoretically be the location of a discussion. In general, discussions on the site occur on user talk pages (associated with particular users), on article talk pages (associated with particular articles) or in pages specially designated to function as forums. Privacy expectations apply to discussion pages in the same way as they do elsewhere.
- Via email
- Users are required to list an email address when registering. Users who provide a valid email address can enable other logged-in users to send email to them through the wiki. When receiving an email from other users through this system, one's email address is not revealed to them. When choosing to send an email to other users, one's email is displayed as the sender.
- The email address put into one's user preferences may be used by WTMD for communication. Users whose accounts do not have a valid email address will not be able to reset their password if it is lost. Private correspondence between users may be saved at those users' discretion and is not subject to the site policy.
- On mailing lists
- The email addresses used to subscribe and post to the site mailing lists are exposed to other subscribers. The list archives of most such mailing lists are public, and searches of public archives may be performed on the Web. Subscribers' addresses may also be quoted in other users' messages. These email addresses and any messages sent to a mailing list may be archived and may remain available to the public permanently.
- On IRC
- IRC channels are not officially part of the site and are not operated on WTMD controlled servers. The IP address of users who chat over such a service may be exposed to other participants. IRC users' privacy on each channel can only be protected according to the policies of the respective service and channel. Different channels have different policies on whether logs may be published.
- Inquiries are logged in our database and are generally retained forever. If a correct email address is submitted in the inquiry, a confirmation email about the inquiry shall be sent to that email. The details of the inquiry may be forward to a third party related to or mentioned on the page or subject under which the inquiry was initiated. This is done for the purpose of providing answer to your inquiry. You are not required to make inquiries to use this site. WTMD will not contact you for any purpose other than providing information about your inquiry, either directly or through a third party related to the inquiry. Should you wish WTMD to stop handling of your inquiry, either let this be known to the representative which communicates with you regarding your inquiry, or send a notice stating your intent to email@example.com along with the full name and the email that you have provided in your inquiry.
Release of personally identifiable information
It is the policy of WTMD that personally identifiable data collected in the server logs, or through records in the database via the CheckUser feature, or through other non-publicly-available methods, may be released by WTMD staff, in any of the following situations:
- In response to a valid subpoena or other compulsory request from law enforcement,
- With permission of the affected user,
- When necessary for investigation of abuse complaints,
- Where the information pertains to page views generated by a spider or bot and its dissemination is necessary to illustrate or resolve technical issues,
- Where the user has been vandalizing articles or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to a service provider, carrier, or other third-party entity to assist in the targeting of IP blocks, or to assist in the formulation of a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers,
- Where it is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of WTMD, its users or the public.
Except as described above, WTMD policy does not permit distribution of personally identifiable information under any circumstances.