WikiEducator talk:Privacy policy

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SHARE links000:38, 9 October 2012
Terms of use section111:01, 13 February 2012
Can users clear all personal information (i.e. have it deleted)?114:26, 7 May 2010
Additional resources to educate WCC members - edit and add ...114:22, 7 May 2010
Is there any benefit to allowing anonymous edits?114:19, 7 May 2010
Replace the term "intellectual property" with "copyright"011:08, 5 May 2010
Identification of an author112:37, 2 October 2008
Minimum age101:55, 24 July 2008

SHARE links

Wikipedia-logo-en.png Internet privacy
Wikipedia has an article on this subject.

Visit Internet privacy for more in depth information

I notice the SHARE links (below the panel on the left) include Delicious, Digg, Facebook, ...

What are the implications? (privacy statement - discuss?)

Are our users aware of these implications? Should we mention this explicitly in the privacy policy?

Should it rather be opt in than opt out?

KTucker (talk)00:36, 9 October 2012

Terms of use section

Is there a general Terms of Use page somewhere? If not would it make sense to make one separate from this privacy policy? I suspect we do, and that this section is not as solid as it could be (e.g. the bullet starting "WikiEducator may contain links by third party websites ..." might not absolve WE from certain responsibilities).

KTucker (talk)03:43, 13 February 2012


Good question. The terms of usage page was developed as a straw dog by a WikiEducator who experimented with wiki approaches at a primary school. This predated our Community procedures for policy development.

The draft privacy policy is not Community Council approved policy. The OER Foundation (as a legal entity) has an approved privacy policy -- most notably for donor privacy and alignment with the requirements of the privacy act. We naturally operate under these provisions with regard to privacy information of WikiEducator account holders.

That said -- we do need to work on a terms of Use page for the community and corresponding Privacy policies for the community. These will need to operate within the legal obligations of the Privacy Act in New Zealand.

Mackiwg (talk)11:01, 13 February 2012

Can users clear all personal information (i.e. have it deleted)?

For example, if personal information was added and the user later realises this was a mistake (e.g. when some third party misuses the information). ... i.e. removed from history pages too.

KTucker (talk)11:12, 5 May 2010

Yes, Certainly under New Zealand Law, any user may request that information held be deleted at any time. There is also a general requirement not to keep personal information longer than it is needed. A user may also ask the privacy officer at any time what personal information is help. So typically a privacy policy will state these rights in the policy and the policy will also indicate that the information held can be used to establish the correct identity (to make sure that the person requesting the deletion of information is the right person).

Mackiwg (talk)14:26, 7 May 2010

Additional resources to educate WCC members - edit and add ...

As a non-expert on this, some links to bring me up to speed with contemporary views on privacy would be useful.

  • I noticed that facebook's privacy policy was recently revised (April 22, 2010). There are bound to criticisms worth reading and insightful blogs:
  • Please add more links which may help educate WCC members about contemporary views on privacy ... Thanks :-)
  • ...
KTucker (talk)14:06, 7 May 2010

When drafting and compiling the Privacy Policy for the OERF, I found New Zealand's Privacy act quite useful -- obviously this relates to entities registered under New Zealand law, but the privacy principles are reasonably generic.

Mackiwg (talk)14:22, 7 May 2010

Is there any benefit to allowing anonymous edits?

e.g. on some topics, some users might prefer to share their knowledge anonymously so that readers don't get the incorrect impression that they hold certain views.

KTucker (talk)11:16, 5 May 2010

That's an interesting point. The difficulty arises regarding legal attribution under the CC License. Since the adoption of WE we have always required users to register an account. It would be possible for a user to create another account so as to disassociate edits from a public persona. Under law, WikiEducator might be required to disclose certain information and this is the kind of detail which should be clearly disclosed in the privacy policy so that all users are clear regarding what personal information is held, and how it will be used.

Mackiwg (talk)14:19, 7 May 2010

Replace the term "intellectual property" with "copyright"

See Words to Avoid". In this document, the term seems to be referring to copyright.

KTucker (talk)11:08, 5 May 2010

Identification of an author

actually in WikiEd you have to be logged in to make an edit. So there is no IP address logging per se.

BrentSimpson (talk)10:21, 2 October 2008

Well look at that... Looks like I will have to change the policy then... Thanks for reviewing the privacy policy page...

Prawstho (talk)12:36, 2 October 2008

Minimum age

I'm just wondering why 13 is the nominated minimum age before parents or guardians need to create accounts for people? - this question was moved from google groups as it is important to include the discussion attached to the development of this page.

Prawstho (talk)01:52, 24 July 2008

Good question Leigh,

In Canada when a child is 12 their legal status begins to change. When you read over much information about child development a child's ability to conceptualize actions and the larger world seems to form around 12-13. I know for my daughter this would be true. So I believe an age needs to be chosen where parents or guardians need to stay informed of a child's online activities. I believe 13 is a good age... I'd be interested in COL's position on this, in the end it is COL's responsibility to have a policy to protect minors.

I am open to choosing a different age. What do you suggest and what is your rationale?

Thx, Peter

Prawstho (talk)01:55, 24 July 2008