Welcome to the Unblock Ticket Request System. We recognize that you are a volunteer working to contribute towards the world's largest free online encyclopedia. As such, we recognize that there may be some information you'd rather keep private. We value that privacy and wish to assure you that we have taken steps to ensure that by requesting unblocking here, you are not at risk of exposing your identity on the internet. At the same time, however, in order to properly process your unblock request, we do need to collect certain information that will allow us to distinguish you from others editing from the same or a nearby location.
Wikimedia Labs Disclaimer
By using this project, you agree that any private information you give to this project may be made publicly available and not be treated as confidential.
What data do we collect, and why?
This system records your IP Address and useragent data. This information may be processed overseas and your data will remain confidential. It is important to note that this information is provided by your internet browser to any website you visit; it is not possible to confirm any specific person's identity with this information. We only use this to prevent abuse of Wikipedia and UTRS.
We also require your email address so that we can respond to you with questions and the result of your appeal.
By submitting an appeal at UTRS, you agree to provide this information and allow UTRS volunteers to view it for the explicit purpose of reviewing your block on the English Wikipedia.
How is this data stored, and who can see it?
We store this data in a secure database, which is visible only to UTRS developers, several of whom are identified to the Wikimedia Foundation, just as Checkusers are required to do. In order to assist with reviewing your block, this information is provided to UTRS volunteers as follows:
- Your useragent and IP address will only be visible to UTRS developers and those reviewing the block that have access to the CheckUser tool on Wikipedia. CheckUsers need to see your useragent to help differentiate you from the person the block is intended for, and UTRS developers need to see this information to ensure the tool is working properly.
- In very limited cases your IP address and useragent may be stored to prevent additional abuse of the tool or Wikipedia.
- The Username (or IP address if you don't have an account), Appeal number, date of appeal, and status of appeal are publically visible on the English Wikipedia only if your appeal is active. After that point the information is removed from the English Wikipedia.
At no point will your data be provided to a third party for any purpose; furthermore, this information will be removed from our system no more than one week after your appeal is closed. This removal process is automated, so you don't need to worry about anyone forgetting to hit the "delete" button.
Finally, we are not the Wikimedia Foundation. We are a group of volunteers who have made our identities known to the foundation.
What are your rights with regard to this information?
If you wish to see what information has been collected on you by this system, you may email the development team at firstname.lastname@example.org to request all information associated with your appeal.
If you have already entered an appeal at UTRS and wish for your information to be deleted immediately, please email the development team at email@example.com to have your appeal deleted from the database. You will then need to appeal your block through one of the alternate venues mentioned above. Again, please note that this information will be automatically removed one week after your appeal is resolved.
If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.