Handling private information

The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is committed to protecting people's privacy. The Wikimedia movement relies on functionaries like you -- stewards, checkusers, oversighters, bureaucrats, and other volunteer administrators -- to help make using the Wikimedia projects educational, fun, and safe. This quick reference guide will tell you what you need to know to make that happen. You’ll learn about:

(1) the main WMF Privacy Policy, which lays out important terms; (2) the access to nonpublic information policy, which covers acceptable methods for functionaries to access, use, and share nonpublic personal information; and (3) policies specific to your role in the community.

Please note that this module is intended as a summary for training and convenience purposes only. It is not a substitute for official WMF and Wikimedia community policies, and is not intended as legal advice. The WMF legal team can advise only WMF on legal matters, so if you feel that you need personal legal advice, please contact a lawyer.