Name wiki:Privacy policy

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Summary

If you only read the pages on this web site, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general. If you contribute to the ADR Decisions.eu wiki, you are publicly publishing every word you post. If you write something, assume that it will be retained forever. This includes articles, user pages and talk pages. Some limited exceptions are described below.

Publishing information

Simply visiting the web site does not expose your identity publicly (but see private logging below). When you edit any page in the wiki, however, you are publishing a document and will by identified publicly as the author of this edit.

Identification of authors

You can only save a page to the wiki after you have logged in, and your submission will therefore be identified by your user name. This wiki user name will also be publicly connected to your real name and other contact details, which, by default, will look something like this. If you prefer to present additional information about yourself on your user page, e.g. to provide the complete contact details of your law firm, this can probably be arranged for – just let me know.

Passwords

User passwords are the only guarantee of the integrity of a user's edit history. All users are requested to select strong passwords and to never share them.

Cookies

The wiki will set a temporary session cookie (PHPSESSID) whenever you visit the site. If you do not intend to ever log in, you may deny this cookie, but you cannot log in without it. It will be deleted when you close your browser session. More cookies may be set when you log in, to avoid typing in your user name (and optionally your password) on the next visit. You may clear these cookies after use if you do not wish to expose your username to future users of the same computer (if so, clear the browser cache as well).

Private logging

Every time you visit a web page, you send a lot of information to the web server. Most web servers routinely maintain access logs with a portion of this information, which can be used to get an overall picture of what pages are popular, what other sites link to this one, and what web browsers people are using. It is in no way intended to use this information to keep track of legitimate users. These logs are merely used to create anonymous statistics on web site use, to solve technical problems, and may be used to investigate suspected abuses of the web site. Personally identifiable data collected in the server logs will only be released if it is required by law or reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of the website operators or its users.

Web site analytics

This web site uses the "Google Analytics" tool to better understand how users are navigating on the site. Google Incorporated requires to display the following notice:

“This web site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the web site analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the web site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the web site, compiling reports on web site activity for web site operators and providing other services relating to web site activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this web site. By using this web site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.”

Please note: This is the advice provided by Google. This web site will actually work perfectly well if support for cookies and JavaScript are turned off in your browser settings. In the statement above Google omits that JavaScripts are also used in their analytics service – if you disable scripts in your browser preferences you will also disable Google Analytics, and no data whatsoever will be transferred to Google.

E-mail

You may specifiy your e-mail address in your preferences and enable other logged-in users to send email to you through the wiki. Your e-mail address itself will not be revealed to them unless you respond, or possibly if the e-mail bounces. You can remove your e-mail address from your preferences at any time to prevent it being used for these purposes.

The e-mail address may also be used by the site operators to communicate with users regarding this web site project.

Deletion of content

Removing text from a wiki page does not permanently delete it. In normal articles, anyone can look at a previous version and see what was there. If an article is "deleted", any user having administrator access to the wiki can still see what was deleted. Information can be permanently deleted by tweaking the wiki database servers, but there is no guarantee this will happen except in response to legal action.