Christian BioWiki:Privacy policy

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This version of the Privacy Policy was adapted from that of the WikiMedia Foundation.

Summary

If you only read the website, no more information is collected than is typically collected by web sites in general.

When a page is edited by a logged-in editor, the server confidentially stores related IP information for a limited period of time. This information is automatically deleted after a set period. It may be possible for a third party to identify the author from this IP address in conjunction with other information available. If you contribute to the website, you are publishing every word you post publicly and should assume that it will be retained forever.

Publishing on the Wiki and Public Data

Simply visiting the web site to read entries, no more information is collected than is typically collected by web sites in general. Aside from the above raw log data collected for general purposes, page visits do not expose a visitor's identity publicly. Sampled raw log data may include the IP address of any user, but it is not reproduced publicly.

Editing any page in the wiki is constitutes publication of the document. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that edit as its author through your registered user name. User contributions are also aggregated and publicly available. User contributions are aggregated according to their registration and login status. Data on user contributions, such as the times at which users edited and the number of edits they have made, are publicly available via user contributions lists, and in aggregated forms published by other users. All edits and publications on the Christian BioWiki are made under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity reserves the right to publish any materials posted to the Christian BioWiki for commercial research purposes without any additional permissions from the original or subsequent contributing authors.

Log data may be examined by developers in the course of resolving technical problems or to investigate abusive behavior. IP addresses of users, derived either from those logs or from records in the database are frequently used to correlate usernames and network addresses of edits in investigating abuse of the wiki, including the suspected use of malicious "sockpuppets" (duplicate accounts), vandalism, harassment of other users, or disruption of the wiki.

Identification of an Author

Publishing a page in the Christian BioWiki requires the contributor to be logged in to an account with a verified email address. You will be identified by your user name. This may be your real name if you so choose, or you may choose to publish under a pseudonym, whatever user name you selected when you created your account. Data on users, such as the times at which they edited and the number of edits they have made are publicly available via "user contributions" lists, and in aggregated forms published by other users.

When using a pseudonym, your IP address will not be available to the public except in cases of abuse, including vandalism of a wiki page by you or by another user with the same IP address. In all cases, your IP address will be stored on the wiki servers and can be seen by Christian BioWiki's server administrators. Your IP address, and its connection to any usernames that share it may be released under certain circumstances (see below).

Cookies

The site sets a temporary session cookie on a visitor's computer whenever a page is visited. Readers who do not intend to log in or edit may deny this cookie; it will be deleted at the end of the browser's session. More cookies may be set when one logs in to maintain logged-in status. If one saves a user name or password in one's browser, that information will be saved for up to 30 days, and this information will be resent to the server on every visit to the same Project. Contributors using a public machine who do not wish to show their username to future users of the machine should clear these cookies after use.(If so, clear the browser cache as well.)

Passwords

User passwords are the only guarantee of the integrity of a user's edit history. All users are encouraged to select strong passwords and to never share them. No one shall knowingly expose the password of another user to public release either directly or indirectly.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

Except where otherwise specified, all text added to the Christian BioWiki is available for reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity reserves the right to publish any materials posted to the Christian BioWiki for commercial research purposes without any additional permissions from the original or subsequent contributing authors.

The administrators of the Christian BioWiki will not sell or share private information, such as email addresses, with third parties, unless you agree to release this information, or it is required by law to release the information.

Security of Information

The administrators of the Christian BioWiki makes no guarantee against unauthorized access to any information you provide. This information may be available to anyone with access to the servers.

E-mail

When you provide your e-mail address in your Preferences, you can enable other logged-in users to send email to you through the wiki. Your address will not be revealed to them unless you respond, or possibly if the email bounces. The email address may be used by the administrators of the Christian BioWiki to communicate with users on a wider scale.

Deletion of Content

Removing text from the Christian BioWIki 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 with "administrator" access on the wiki, meaning almost anyone trusted not to abuse the deletion capability, can see what was deleted. Information can be permanently deleted by those people with access to the servers, but there is no guarantee this will happen except in response to legal action.

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