Details of data retention
If you only read the SaltWiki websites, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general.
If you contribute to SaltWiki, you are publishing every word you post publicly. If you write something, assume that it will be retained forever. This includes articles, user pages and talk pages.
If you are logged in, you will be identified by your user name. If you have not logged in, you will be identified by your network IP address. You may provide your e-mail address in your Preferences and enable other logged-in users to send email to you through SaltWiki. Your address will not be revealed to them unless you respond, or possibly if the email bounces. If you do not provide an email address, you will not be able to reset your password if you forget it. You can remove your email address from your preferences at any time to prevent it being used. Data on users, such as the times at which they edited and the number of edits they have made are publicly available via "user contributions" lists.
SaltWiki 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.)
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. These logs are used to produce the site statistics pages; the raw log data is not made public, and is discarded after about two weeks. Log data may be examined by developers in the course of solving technical problems and in tracking down badly-behaved web spiders that overwhelm the site. IP addresses of users, derived either from those logs or from records in the database can be used to correlate usernames and network addresses of edits in investigating abuse of SaltWiki, including vandalism, harassment of other users, or disruption of the wiki.
Sharing information with third parties
Except where otherwise specified, all text added to SaltWiki is available for reuse under the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported The operators of SaltWiki will not hand over mail addresses except it is required by law to release the information.
Security of information
The operators of SaltWiki makes no guarantee against unauthorized access to any information you provide. This information may be available to anyone with access to the servers. 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.
Removal of user accounts
Once created, user accounts cannot be removed by the creator. Only users with "administrator" access on SaltWiki can do it on request.
Deletion of content
Removing text from SaltWiki does not permanently delete it. In normal articles, anyone can look at a previous version and see what was there. If an article is "deleted", any user with "administrator" access on SaltWiki, can see what was deleted. Information can be permanently deleted by those people with access to the servers, but there is no guarantee this will happen except in response to legal action.