[Foundation-l] Wikipedia tracks user behaviour via third party companies #2

Bence Damokos bdamokos at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 17:13:15 UTC 2009

This might be going off topic, and not really helpful in finding a solution
(along the lines of wamping up WMF stats capabilities in the near future or
reinstating the huwiki solution in a way accpetable to the WMF and the hu.wp
community and possibly benefitting other communities, as well):

On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 6:44 PM, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:

> Just to be clear, it has been claimed in this thread that the CheckUser
> right also gives those admins the right to collect additional data on users
> and analyze it. I've just read the privacy policy and that is not true.

I believe there was no such claim, if anything, it was pointed out that
setting up the stats engine didn't give access to information that was not
accessible before by the Checkusers (even if logged), and that most fears of
data being handled by the wrong hands are mitigated by the facts that the
data was handled by a CheckUser (and thus a) a person already with access to
said data and b) a person identified to the WMF and trusted by the

(*Not that I would want to introduce community trust into the argument, just
pointing out the inherent properties of being a CU.)

Best regards,
Bence Damokos

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