Privacy Policy

Wikipedia store Privacy Policy
Welcome to the Wikipedia store!  The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., which runs the Wikipedia store, is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content that is under a free license or is otherwise in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively, globally, and always free of charge.  

We are committed to protecting the privacy of our customers.  This privacy policy -- which is specific to the Wikipedia store -- seeks to help you understand why and how we use your personal information when you shop with us.

1. Why we need your information
We collect your personal information when you shop with us or when you subscribe to the mailing list, and we use that information in different ways such as:  
  • Supporting and facilitating your purchase and shopping on the Wikipedia store;
    • Communicating to you about the Wikipedia Store and products, as well as the Wikimedia Projects and our activities; and,
    • Supporting, facilitating, and analyzing the operations of the Wikipedia Store and the Wikimedia Foundation.

    2.  What information we collect and how we use it

    As part of the shopping experience, we collect information that you submit to us and that may personally identify you.  For example, we collect your shipping information, which may include your address, email address, or phone number.  You will be given an option to crate an account and we can store this information for your future shopping experience. Regardless of whether you create an account or not, we will keep your information for a reasonable period of time to allow us to effectively operate the Wikipedia store.

    Like most websites, we also collect technical information as a part of standard web operations.  This may include data such as browser type, operating system, language preference, referring domain, pages visited, mobile carrier or device, IP addresses, and the date and time of each visitor request.  

    We make limited use of cookie technology, including third-party cookies, to collect data from customers.  A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to a computer’s hard disk that allows us to collect additional data about website usage to improve services.  We use cookies to track sessions, help store data, and fulfill the above purposes.  You can edit your options to provide prompts about or block cookies.  However, not allowing cookies to run may adversely affect the functionality and appearance of the Wikipedia store.

    To fulfill the above purposes and to maintain a positive shopping experience, we may disclose your information to employees, contractors, third-party service providers, and related organizations.   The Wikipedia store is operated by third-party service providers, and, as part of their operations, they may process your information.  Please consult their privacy policies for further information.

    We may release your personal information: (1) when you consent to its release; (2) when required by law, such as through judicial order or subpoena; or (3) when we believe there is a need to do so to protect our rights, property, safety, or customers.

    3.  Email options
    You may provide your name and email address to receive useful information such as educational and promotional materials.  These are “opt-in” interactions which require you to sign-up to receive communications from us.  You can unsubscribe from future mailings at any time on our unsubscribe page.  These direct communications may be performed with the help of a third party service provider, who may interact with and manage database information on our behalf.

    4.  Security
    We seek to provide industry standard security procedures to protect information from loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under our control.  Although we make good faith efforts to control information, we cannot guarantee complete security of your information.

    5.  Changes to this policy
    We may modify this privacy policy from time to time.  Your continued use of the Wikipedia store constitutes your acceptance of any new version of the privacy policy, so please check this policy for any updates.

    6.  Some final words
    If you do not agree with the privacy policy, please refrain from using the Wikipedia store.

    The Wikipedia store is not for children under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that children under 13 do not provide personal information to the Wikipedia store.  If you are under 13, please ask your parents whether they are willing to shop for you on our site.  
    Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is based in the United States of America, by purchasing items or subscribing to the mailing list, you agree to the storage and processing of your data in the United States.  

    For more information about your customer account, or if you do not have one, and you would like to change or delete your information, or if you would like to know what data we have you can learn more on our account page or contact us at: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Attn: Wikipedia store, 149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.