[Translators-l] Fwd: [Foundation-l] Note regarding status of privacy policy

Aphaia aphaia at gmail.com
Sun Aug 10 16:23:43 UTC 2008

there is an ongoing discussion on meta (and foundation-l) about
Privacy Policy revision. See the forwarded message from Michael Snow,
the new Wikimedia chair.

Currently feedback is mainly in English. If you think your translation
may help your community to get more involved, please do. Michael says
he will have the board vote on the current draft, if they don't here
anything until Friday. (Sorry for late notice!)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Snow <wikipedia at verizon.net>
Date: Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 11:37 AM
Subject: [Foundation-l] Note regarding status of privacy policy
To: foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org

I've been meaning to update you on our progress regarding the privacy

Several months ago, the board asked Mike Godwin to revise and update the
privacy policy. Mike consulted with his colleagues at the Electronic
Frontier Foundation, and then worked with his then-legal intern,
Shun-ling Chen, to create a first redraft which was posted to Meta at
the beginning of June. That engendered a lot of feedback, which Mike
reviewed. He found quite a bit of it useful, and incorporated it into a
subsequent redraft, which is available here:
(note: despite the date in the page name, the current version is from a
later date, based on feedback from the June 19 version)

At our meeting in Alexandria, the board reviewed the status of the
policy, and seemed inclined to agree that this second version (at the
URL above) is fundamentally good, and an improvement on the current
policy. It's hard to write a privacy policy that's fun to read, but I
think this version is clear, thorough, responsible and accurate. It also
now includes a linkable table of contents, which will enable people to
easily link to subsections of the draft for reference. (When adopted, we
encourage you to link to the appropriate section from community policy
pages where they touch on privacy issues, rather than paraphrasing or
generating unofficial versions of the policy.)

The board intends to vote on this version, but before we do, I wanted to
provide one last opportunity for your feedback.

If you see something in this last draft that strikes you as a
dealbreaker: that is potentially misleading or seriously problematic for
any reason, please send me or Mike a note. If we don't hear anything
within a week, I will ask the board to vote on the current version for
formal adoption.

--Michael Snow

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