[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation's non-disclosure agreement

Tomasz W. Kozłowski odder.wiki at gmail.com
Wed Mar 6 21:40:35 UTC 2013

On 6 March 2013 22:11, Keegan wrote:

> That's my understanding as well.  I have a NDA with the WMF as a volunteer
> from a couple years ago to help with fundraising after I no longer
> contracted for the foundation in order to access the donations CRM.
>  Frankly, I don't know if I can even log into that anymore...l

Well, I believe it is pretty obvious that one has to sign an NDA when
dealing with such information as that available from donors; the donor
policy <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donor_policy/en> mentions
names, addresses and phone numbers of our donors as well as "data
visible on the checkques", so I guess it's pretty serious.

I agree that one of the reasons for the existence of NDAs is to
protect people's privacy, especially when one has access to such
databases as the fundraising one; however, I can't see why a Bugzilla
administrator would be required to sign an NDA -- is there anything
secret when it comes to bugs in a GPL-licenced software? Or maybe
there is a different reason for signing the NDA? Perhaps the admins
can access some sensitive data other than IP addresses, etc., which
volunteer checkusers and oversighters also have access to, without the
need to sign anything?

And just by the way (I think Sarah mentioned that): you just need to
Google for "non-disclosure agreement" to find examples of
organisations publicly sharing their NDAs--since it is no secret what
is usually covered by such documents, why would the WMF not publish
their NDA?

Tomasz W. Kozłowski
a.k.a. [[user:odder]]

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