This Site is part of Area Control Wiki that is is part of the Area Control Network that owns and operates over 20 wikis at this time. Here is the list. ACN Wikis
We do not sell or rent your Personal Information, nor do we give it to others to sell you anything. We use it to figure out how to make the Area Control Network Sites more secure engaging and accessible, to see which ideas work, and to make learning and contributing more fun. Put simply: we use this information to make the Area Control Network Sites better for you.
Everyone should be able to easily understand how and why their information is collected and used, we use common language instead of more formal terms throughout this Policy. To help ensure your understanding of some particular key terms, here is a table of translations:
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|"ACN", "Area Control Network", "Area Control", "Area Control News", "we", "us", "our" "Me" Mine"
||Area Control Network the organization that operates all of All Wikis owned by the Area Control Network and Area Control Network all other websites and domain names .
|"ACN Websites", "our services",
|"You", "Your", "Yours" "them' their',
||Refer to You, regardless of whether you are an individual, group, or organization, and regardless of whether you are using the Area Control Network Websites or our services on behalf of yourself or someone else, or any third party.
||Any content you add or changes you make to any ACN Sites.
||Information you provide us or information we collect that could be used to personally identify you. To be clear, while we do not necessarily collect all of the following types of information, we consider at least the following to be "personal information" if it is otherwise nonpublic and can be used to identify you:
(a) your real name, address, phone number, email address, password, identification number on government-issued ID, IP address, user-agent information, payment account number;
(b) when associated with one of the items in subsection (a), any sensitive data such as date of birth, gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic origins, marital or familial status, medical conditions or disabilities, political affiliation, and religion. ||
====All of our major sites==== (found at list of all ACN Wikis all ACN Websites and Domain Names), such as ACN, including user pages, discussion pages, noticeboards and support sites .
Our blogs and APIs
(unless we have provided a separate policy for those services).
Official ACN mobile applications
Emails, SMS, and notifications from us or sent to us from you.
- Websites run by other organizations, like websites linked to from the "References" sections of Wikipedia, or run by Wikimedia chapters or other movement organizations. These organizations may receive information from you if you visit their websites after using one of the Area Control Wiki Sites. They are governed by their own privacy policies.
- Mobile applications provided by other organizations or individuals. These organizations or individuals may receive information from you if you use those applications to access the Area Control Wiki Sites or Area Control Wiki Site content. They are governed by their own privacy policies.
Sometimes, volunteers may place a data-collecting tool, such as a script, gadget, tracking pixel, or share button, on a Area Control Wiki Sites without our knowledge. This Policy does not cover how third parties handle the information they receive as a result of such a tool. If you come across such a third-party tool, and you believe it violates this Policy, you can remove the tool yourself, or report it to https://support.place/index.php?a=add&catid=23 so we can investigate.
Types of Information We Receive From You & How We Get It
Your Public Contributions
Unless this Policy says otherwise, you should assume that information that you actively contribute to the Area Control Wiki Sites, including Personal Information, is publicly visible and can be found by search engines. Like most things on the Internet, anything you share may be copied and redistributed throughout the Internet by other people. Please do not contribute any information that you are uncomfortable making permanently public, like revealing your real name or location in your contributions.
You should be aware that specific data made public by you or aggregated data that is made public by us can be used by anyone for analysis and to infer further information, such as which country a user is from, political affiliation and gender.
Account Information & Registration
Want to create an account? Great! Don't want to create an account? No problem!
You are not required to create an account to read or contribute to a Area Control Wiki Site, except under rare circumstances. However, if you contribute without signing in, your contribution will be publicly attributed to the IP address associated with your device.
If you want to create a standard account, in most cases we require only a username and a password. However, if you choose not to provide an email address, we can't help you recover your password.
More on Usernames
Your username will be publicly visible, so please be careful about revealing your real name or other Personal Information in your username. Your password is only used to verify that the account is yours. Your IP address is also automatically submitted to us, and we record it temporarily. This is to protect Area Control Wiki users and project content; in the event of abuse, IP addresses may be associated with usernames as part of an investigation, by us or by law enforcement. No other Personal Information is required: no name, no email address, no date of birth, and no credit card information.
Once created, user accounts cannot be removed entirely (although you can usually hide the information on your user page if you choose to). This is because your public contributions must be associated with their author (you!). In some circumstances, the Area Control Wiki communities can assist users with removing additional information related to their account from the projects. You may submit a ticket from the Contact and Support page.
To gain a better understanding of the demographics of our users, to localize our services and to learn how we can improve our services, we may ask you for more demographic information, such as gender or age, about yourself. We will tell you if such information is intended to be public or private, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to provide us with that information. Providing such information is always completely optional. If you don't want to, you don't have to—it's as simple as that.
Some features we offer work better if we know what area you are in.
GPS & Other Location Technologies
We might use GPS (and other technologies commonly used to determine location) to show you more relevant content. We keep information obtained by these technologies confidential, except as provided in this Policy. If you are using the Area Control Wiki mobile application, you can find out if there are articles about places and things near you by using the "Nearby" button. Your device will ask your permission to identify and use your current location before actually using your location information. If you access this feature on your laptop, desktop, or device without a GPS, this feature will use your information from your browser to figure out your location and find articles about places and things (like public sculptures or famous buildings) near you.
What do you mean you "infer my geographical location"? And why do you need to do that?
We use some downloaded products, like MaxMind's GeoIP City DB, which allows us to internally determine the approximate location of our users. And when we say "approximate," we mean it: the GeoIP City DB resolves your location at the center of the most precise area data associated with your IP. The only possibilities for associated area data are postal code, city, region, or country. Unless you are habitually positioned in the geographical middle of the most specific area associated with your IP address, the data we retrieve is unlikely to be good enough to have a sandwich delivered.
Sometimes, we automatically receive location data from your device. For example, if you want to upload a photo on Area Control Wikis or a Commons mobile app, we may receive metadata, such as the place and time you took the photo, automatically from your device. Please be aware that, unlike location information collected using GPS signals described above, the default setting on your mobile device typically includes the metadata in your photo or video upload to the Area Control Wiki Sites. If you do not want metadata sent to us and made public at the time of your upload, please change your settings on your device.
We do this so that you can be served with appropriate regional content such as local notices, event announcements, and local fundraising campaigns. To see what information we have on record for your IP address, you can load our GeoIP lookup tool at any time and check the result.
Finally, when you visit any Area Control Wiki Site, we automatically receive the IP address of the device (or your proxy server) you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location.
We want to make the Area Control Wiki Sites better for you by learning more about how you use them. Examples of this might include how often you visit the Area Control Wiki Sites, what you like, what you find helpful, how you get to the Area Control Wiki Sites, and whether you would use a helpful feature more if we explained it differently. We also want this Policy and our practices to reflect our community's values. For this reason, we keep information related to your use of the Area Control Wiki Sites confidential, except as provided in this Policy.
Information We Collect
Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data may include text, Personal Information (like your IP address), and information about your use of the Area Control Wiki Sites (like your username or the time of your visit).
We use this information to make your experience with the Area Control Wiki Sites safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with the Area Control Wiki Sites, and to generally improve our services. We will never use third-party cookies, unless we get your permission to do so. If you ever come across a third-party data collection tool that has not been authorized by you (such as one that may have been mistakenly placed by another user or administrator), please report it to us from the Contact and Support
More on Locally Stored Data
More on Locally Stored Data
- Provide you with a customizable experience, such as using cookies to know your language preference, to remember the user preferences you set so we can provide you with the customized look and feel that you want, and to tell you about interesting Area Control Wikis issues and events in your area.
- Understand how you use the Area Control Wiki Sites across different devices, so that we can make our varied Wiki Sites more efficient and effective for you.
- Make the Area Control Wiki Sites more convenient to use, such as by using cookies to maintain your session when you log in or to remember your username in the login field.
We believe this data collection helps improve your user experience, but you may remove or disable some or all locally stored data through your browser settings, depending on your browser. You can learn more about some options you have in our FAQ. While locally stored data may not be necessary to use our sites, some features will not function properly if you disable locally stored data.
While the examples above concerning information about you collected through the use of data collection tools are kept confidential in accordance with this Policy, please note that some information about the actions taken by your username is made publicly available through public logs alongside actions taken by other users. For example, a public log may include the date your account was created on a Area Control Wiki Site along with the dates that other accounts were created on a Wiki Site.
It is important for us to be able to make sure everyone plays by the same rules, and sometimes that means we need to investigate and share specific users' Personal Information to ensure that they are.
As another example, if we are notified that a user has made a bomb threat, bodily harm threat, kidnapping, sexual assault threat or the likes, we may have to report some information related to that threat to local authorities to save lives or maintain quality of life.
How We Use Information We Receive From You
We and our service providers use your information for the legitimate purpose of pursuing our charitable mission, including:
- Operating the Area Control Wiki Sites, sharing your contributions and administering our Services.
- To help you share your knowledge with the world and add new features to our Services.
- To arrange access to your account and provide you with related service.
- To send administrative information to you, such as changes to our policies.
- To allow you to send messages to another person if you choose to do so. Direct communications between users (such as messages sent through the "Email this user" feature), to the extent such communications are nonpublic and stored in or in transit through Area Control Wiki Sites systems, are kept confidential by us, except as provided in this Policy.
We engage in these activities to manage our relationship with you, because we have a legitimate interest and/or to comply with our legal obligations.
Providing customized Services.
To provide to you custom content, notices and settings and to enhance your experience with the Area Control Wiki Sites.
We will customize the Services, in some instances, with your consent; or in keeping with our legitimate interest.
Sending emails with news updates and communications about items we believe may be of interest to you.
- To let you know about things that are happening with the Wikimedia Foundation, the Wikimedia Sites or the Wikimedia movement.
- To alert you when there has been a change to an article that you have decided to follow.
We will send these types of emails to you only with your consent except as otherwise permitted by applicable law. We do not sell, rent, or use your email address to advertise third-party products or services to you. You can manage what kinds of notifications you receive and how often you receive them by going to your Notifications Preferences and User profile. You can learn more about email and notifications and how to change your preferences in our FAQ.
Sending optional surveys and requesting feedback.
We will always tell you, at the time we give you an opportunity to share your thoughts, how we plan on using your answers and any Personal Information you provide.
Your responses to our surveys and feedback requests are always optional. We will email these types of requests to you only with your consent except as otherwise permitted by applicable law. You can manage what kinds of notifications you receive and how often you receive them by going to your Notifications Preferences and User profile. You can learn more about email and notifications and how to change your preferences in our FAQ.
Improving the Wikimedia Sites and making your user experience safer and better.
- To use your public contributions, either aggregated with the public contributions of others or individually, to create new features or data-related products for you or to learn more about how the Wikimedia Sites are used.
- To fight spam, identity theft, malware and other kinds of abuse.
- To optimize mobile and other applications.
- To test features to see what works, understand how users interact with the Wikimedia Sites, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of the different Wikimedia Sites and analyze trends.
We engage in these activities to further our legitimate interest and/or to comply with our legal obligations.
For Legal Reasons
We will access, use, preserve, and/or disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe it necessary to satisfy a valid and legally enforceable warrant, subpoena, court order, law or regulation, or other judicial or administrative order. However, if we believe that a particular request for disclosure of a user's information is legally invalid or an abuse of the legal system and the affected user does not intend to oppose the disclosure themselves, we will try our best to fight it. We are committed to notifying you via email at least ten (10) calendar days, when possible, before we disclose your Personal Information in response to a legal demand. However, we may only provide notice if we are not legally restrained from contacting you, there is no credible threat to life or limb that is created or increased by disclosing the request, and you have provided us with an email address.
If the Organization is Transferred
In the event that ownership of all or substantially all of the Area Control Wiki Sites, or we go through a reorganization (such as a merger, consolidation, or acquisition), consistent with our legitimate interest, we will continue to keep your Personal Information confidential, except as provided in this Policy, and provide notice to you via the Wiki Sites.
To Protect You, Ourselves & Others
ACN Sites are collaborative, with users writing most of the policies and selecting from amongst themselves people to hold certain administrative rights. These rights may include access to limited amounts of otherwise nonpublic information about recent contributions and activity by other users. They use this access to help protect against vandalism and abuse, fight harassment of other users, and generally try to minimize disruptive behavior on the ACN Sites. These various user-selected administrative groups have their own privacy and confidentiality guidelines, but all such groups are supposed to agree to follow our Access to Nonpublic Information Policy. These user-selected administrative groups are accountable to other users through checks and balances: users are selected through a community-driven process and overseen by their peers through a logged history of their actions. However, the legal names of these users are not known to ACN.
We hope that this never comes up, but we may disclose your Personal Information if we believe that it's reasonably necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm or death to a person, or to protect our organization, employees, contractors, users, or the public. We may also disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe it necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise assess and address potential spam, malware, fraud, abuse, unlawful activity, and security or technical concerns.
To Our Service Providers
We may use third-party service providers or contractors to help run or improve the ACN Sites for you and other users. We give access to your Personal Information to these providers or contractors as needed to perform their services for us or to use their tools and services.
If you are visiting ACN Sites with your mobile device, we use your IP address to provide anonymized or aggregated information to service providers regarding the volume of usage in certain areas.
To Understand & Experiment
The open-source software that powers the ACN Sites depends on the contributions of volunteer software developers, who spend time writing and testing code to help it improve and evolve with our users' needs. To facilitate their work, we give some developers limited access to systems that contain your Personal Information, but only as reasonably necessary for them to develop and contribute to the ACN Sites.
Similarly, we share non-Personal Information or aggregated information with researchers, scholars, academics, and other interested third parties who wish to study the Wikimedia Sites. Sharing this Personal Information helps them understand usage, viewing, and demographics statistics and patterns. They then can share their findings with us and our users so that we can all better understand and improve the ACN Sites.
Because You Made It Public
Any information you post publicly on the ACN Wikis is just that – public. For example, if you put your mailing address on your talk page, that is public, and not specifically protected by this Policy. And if you edit without registering or logging into your account, your IP address will be seen publicly. Please think carefully about your desired level of privacy before you disclose Personal Information on your user page or elsewhere.
We use a variety of physical and technical measures, policies, and procedures to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure
How Do We Protect Your Personal Information?
We strive to protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We use a variety of physical and technical measures, policies, and procedures (such as access control procedures, network firewalls, and physical security) designed to protect our systems and your Personal Information. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as completely secure data transmission or storage, so we can't guarantee that our security will not be breached (by technical measures or through violation of our policies and procedures).
We will never ask for your password by email (but may send you a temporary password via email if you have requested a password reset). If you ever receive an email that requests your password, please submit a ticket at https://its.management/index.php?a=add&catid=21, so we can investigate the source of the email.
For information about how you may request removal of your Personal Information, or other rights you may have with respect to your Personal Information, see our FAQ. If you would like to request to access, update or restrict/object to the processing of Personal Information, or receive a copy of your Personal Information for purposes of transmitting it to another organization, you may Submit a Support Ticket at ACN Support.
Please note also that you may be able to exercise some of these rights without our intervention. For example, if you are a registered user, you can access and update some Personal Information in your Preferences, as well as download your user account data. You may also manage what kinds of notifications you receive and how often you receive them by going to your Notifications Preferences.
- Support Ticket at ACN Support
- Contact and Support
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