Summary

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

If you contribute to the Trail Wiki project, you are publishing every word you post publicly. If you write something, assume that it will be retained forever. This includes hikes, trails, comments, photos, articles, user pages and talk pages. Some limited exceptions are described below.

Use of Info

Simply visiting the web site does not expose your identity publicly (but see private logging below).

When you edit any page in the wiki, you are publishing a document. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that edit as its author.

Identification of an author
When you publish a page on Trail Wiki 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.

Cookies
Trail Wiki will set a temporary session cookie (PHPSESSID) whenever you visit the site. If you do not intend to ever log in, you may deny this cookie, but you cannot log in without it. It will be deleted when you close your browser session.

More cookies may be set when you log in, to avoid typing in your user name (or optionally password) on your next visit. These last up to 30 days. You may clear these cookies after use if you are using a public machine and don't wish to expose your username to future users of the machine. (If so, clear the browser cache as well.)

Passwords
Many aspects of the Trail Wiki interactions depend on the reputation and respect that is built up through a history of valued contributions. 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.

Location Information

GPS & Other Location Technologies
Some features we offer work better if we know what area you are in. But it's completely up to you whether or not you want us to use geolocation tools to make some features available to you. If you consent, we can 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.

Metadata
Sometimes, we may automatically receive location data from your device. For example, if you want to upload a photo, we may receive metadata, such as the place and time you took the photo, automatically from your photo. Please be aware that, unlike location information collected using GPS signals described above, the default setting on your camera device typically includes the metadata in your photo or video upload to Trail Wiki. 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.

IP Addresses
Finally, when you visit Trail Wiki, 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 keep IP addresses confidential, except as provided in this Policy. If you are visiting Trail Wiki with your mobile device, we may use your IP address to provide anonymized or aggregated information to service providers regarding the volume of usage in certain areas. We use IP addresses for research and analytics; to better personalize content, notices, and settings for you; to fight spam, identity theft, malware, and other kinds of abuse; and to provide better mobile and other applications.

Private logging

Every time you visit a web page, you send a lot of information to the web server. Most web servers routinely maintain access logs with a portion of this information, which can be used to get an overall picture of what pages are popular, what other sites link to this one, and what web browsers people are using. It is not the intention of Trail Wiki to use this information to keep track of legitimate users.

These logs are used to produce the site statistics pages; the raw log data is not made public, and is normally discarded after about two weeks.

Log data may be examined by developers in the course of solving technical problems, in tracking down badly-behaved web spiders that overwhelm the site, or very rarely to correlate usernames and network addresses of edits in investigating abuse of the wiki.

Policy on release of data derived from page logs
It is the policy of Trail Wiki that personally identifiable data collected in the server logs will not be released by the developers who have access to it, except as follows:

In response to a valid subpoena or other compulsory request from law enforcement

  1. With permission of the affected user
  2. To Mike Brawley, his legal counsel, or his designee, when necessary for investigation of abuse complaints.
  3. Where the information pertains to page views generated by a spider or bot and its dissemination is necessary to illustrate or resolve technical issues.
  4. Where the user has been vandalising content or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to assist in the targeting of IP blocks, or to assist in the formulation of a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers
  5. Where it is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of Trail Wiki, its users or the public.

Trail Wiki policy does not permit public distribution of such information under any circumstances, except as described above.

Sharing information with third parties

All text added to Trail Wiki is available for reuse under the terms of  Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Trail wiki will not sell or share private information, such as email addresses, with third parties, unless you agree to release this information, or it required by law to release the information.

Disclaimer

Trail Wiki 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 Trail Wiki, represents a committed effort to safeguard the security of the limited user information that is collected and retained on our servers. Nevertheless, Trail Wiki 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, Trail Wiki can make no guarantee against unauthorized access to information provided in the course of participating in Trail Wiki.

Thank You!

Thank you for reading our Privacy Policy. We hope you enjoy using the Trail Wiki and appreciate your participation in creating, maintaining, and constantly working to improve the largest hiking guide in the world.