NSWiki:Privacy policy

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General Scope

This policy covers personally identifiable information collected or stored by NSWiki ("we", "us", "our") on its servers in relation to this Wiki. NSWiki collects and retains the least amount of personally identifiable information needed to fulfill the NSWiki's operational needs.

The public and collaborative nature of NSWiki

All Projects of NSWiki are collaboratively developed by its users using the MediaWiki software. Any person holding an account with NationStates (and not otherwise restricted from doing so) may edit the publicly editable pages of this site. By doing this, editors create a published document, and a public record of every word added, subtracted, or changed. This is a public act, and editors are identified publicly as the author of such changes. All contributions made to NSWiki, and all publicly available information about those contributions, are irrevocably licensed and may be freely copied, quoted, reused and adapted by third parties without restriction.

Activities on NSWiki

In general, this Policy only applies to private information stored or held by NSWiki which is not publicly available.

Users may also interact with one another outside of NSWiki's site, via NationStates, email, IRC or other chat, or independent websites, and should assess the risks involved, and their personal need for privacy, before using these methods of communication.

User accounts and authorship

NSWiki requires editors to register in order to contribute to the Wiki. Users that do register are identified by their NationStates nation name. Access to this site is facilitated by way of a key sent from NationStates which identifies a user as the owner of that NationStates account. No password or other personally identifiable information is communicated. Except insofar as it may be required by law, no person should disclose, or knowingly expose, either user passwords and/or cookies relating to their NationStates account generated to identify a user, in concordance with the Terms of Service of NationStates. Once created, user accounts may be removed on request. It may be possible for a username to be changed. NSWiki does not guarantee that a username will be changed on request.

Details of data retention

General expectations

IP and other technical information

When a visitor requests or reads a pageon NSWiki's server, no more information is collected than is typically collected by web sites. NSWiki may keep raw logs of such transactions, but these will not be published or used to track legitimate users.

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.


This site sets a temporary session cookie on a visitor's computer whenever a NSWiki 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. 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.

Page history

Edits or other contributions to a NSWiki on its articles, user pages and talk pages are generally retained forever. Removing text from a project does not permanently delete it. Normally, on NSWiki, anyone can look at a previous version of an article and see what was there. Even if an article is "deleted", a user entrusted with higher level of access may still see what was removed from public view. Information can be permanently deleted by individuals with access to NSWiki's servers but this is at NSWiki's discretion or may be completed in compliance with an order from an appropriate legal authority.

User contribution

User contributions are also aggregated and publicly available. 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.


NSWiki believes that maintaining and preserving the privacy of user data is an important value. This Privacy Policy, together with other policies, resolutions, and actions by NSWiki, represents a committed effort to safeguard the security of the limited user information that is collected and retained on our servers. Nevertheless, NSWiki cannot guarantee that user information will remain private. We acknowledge that, in spite of our committed effort to protect private user information, determined individuals may still develop data-mining and other methods to uncover such information and disclose it. For this reason, NSWiki can make no guarantee against unauthorised access to information provided in the course of participating in NSWiki article creation and editing or related communities.

Adapted from Wikimedia Foundation Privacy Policy under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.