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Remove links to non-certified translations of WMF Privacy Policy
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Currently, there are only three certified versions of the WMF Privacy Policy: English, Italian, and Portuguese

Non-certified versions may contain errors, and people referring to them has created legal problems for WMF.

As a result, WMF Legal has requested that any footer links to non-certified translations be removed and pointed to the primary English version of the policy (which then has links to un-certified translations and a message that the English version is the official version).

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Varnent created this task.Oct 23 2015, 3:48 PM
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Change 248254 had a related patch set uploaded (by Varnent):
Uniformity among non-certified translations of Privacy Policy per request from WMF Legal Dept

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/248254

The official translations were in Spanish, German (low), French, Arabic, and Japanese, and more recently Italian and Brazilian Portuguese.

So links to those can stay?

Sorry - I wasn't told about Spanish, German, French, Arabic, and Japanese. Does the German being low mean it should not be linked to?

Those can all stay (assuming they haven't been vandalized), but there should still be a clear disclaimer stating: Please note that in the event of any differences in meaning or interpretation between the original English version of this Privacy Policy and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.

German (low) was meant to indicate that the translation was to low German as opposed to high German. It can be linked.

Excellent - thank you for the info - I'll go ahead and revise the submitted patch. :)

You're welcome. FYI - We plan on gradually adding more official translations over time and as budgets allow.

The latest patch reflects this discussion and these languages are included: Spanish, German (low), French, Arabic, Japanese, Italian, and Brazilian Portuguese

Change 248375 had a related patch set uploaded (by Varnent):
Prevent translations of Privacy Policy per request from WMF Legal Dept

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/248375

Change 248375 merged by jenkins-bot:
Prevent translations of Privacy Policy per request from WMF Legal Dept

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/248375

Change 248254 merged by jenkins-bot:
Uniformity among non-certified translations of Privacy Policy per request from WMF Legal Dept

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/248254

Changes published to repository. Will close task when manually created pages are resolved.

the primary English version of the policy (which then has links to un-certified translations and a message that the English version is the official version)

Incorrect. The warning is present on all translations on Meta-Wiki, but NOT on https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy . Hence the translated versions are the most informative ones about the prevalence of the English text.

Varnent added a comment.EditedOct 23 2015, 9:04 PM

I was speaking about the ones on Meta-Wiki. However, we can add it to WMF Wiki.

@Mpaulson - any objections to adding that disclaimer to the version posted on WMF Wiki?

That said, I am not sure the disclaimer is really needed - as it is really meant for the translations themselves:
"This is a translation. For the official, binding version of this document, please see the English language original."

I suppose we could add this text to disclaimer on WMF Wiki:
"This English version is the official, binding version and supersedes any translated versions."

I was speaking about the ones on Meta-Wiki.

So why unlink them?

Change 254674 had a related patch set uploaded (by Varnent):
Update to qqq message to include approved languages for privacy page links - updated links for approved languages

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/254674

Change 255336 had a related patch set uploaded (by Varnent):
Created new directory for files with overrides not meant to be included on translatewiki.net

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/255336

Change 254674 abandoned by Varnent:
Update to qqq message to include approved languages for privacy page links - updated links for approved languages

Reason:
Replaced with: I75f38c7b64a8437373f1324d31d78ad17da91426

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/254674

Change 255336 merged by jenkins-bot:
Created new directory for files with overrides not meant to be included on translatewiki.net

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/255336

Varnent closed this task as Resolved.Jan 14 2016, 1:27 AM