Honestly this is kind of a bewildering set of hypotheticals to me.
You worry wikimedia is gathering new data and maybe selling it to marketers
and maybe releasing it to the community, or not, or some of them, or all of
them, based on:
An edit titled 'fixed two errors in cookie names' which...well, fixed two
errors in cookie names. that's all the revision appears to contain.
Legal editing the cookie statement seems pretty usual to me, and the edit
(self-evidently) had nothing to do with changes to what is gathered. It was
There are a lot of things the Foundation does it could communicate better,
but legal tends to do a pretty good job: this edit is really evidence of
that since it's senior counsel taking time to make very very sure they are
reporting to our users precisely what is going on. If the WMF were to start
selling a reading list to Facebook, I'm pretty sure there'd be an
announcement, and I'm absolutely certain the policy change would need to
consist of a bit more than two typo corrections.
On Sunday, 1 May 2016, Trillium Corsage <trillium2...@yandex.com> wrote:
> I noticed Michelle Paulson editing the "Cookie Statement" page, and it
> seemed kind of strange to me because I thought it more a technical and IT
> thing to edit. But Michelle is WMF Legal, right?
> Is WMF doing something new (or newish, maybe I'm a little late in picking
> up on this) with cookies? Can someone describe to me what that is, in
> layman's terms?
> Is it about third-party marketing and working up personal profiles of
> editors and readers? What sort of new information is the WMF gathering, if
> it is, on editors and readers?
> Are there privacy concerns we should be worried about?
> Will the information gathered by the cookies be made available to the
> anonymous administrative "volunteers" the WMF grants access to the
> non-public information of editors? The so-called "sockpuppet investigators"
> and so forth?
> Trillium Corsage
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