The policy explains what information is collected by the Wikimedia servers and how this information is handled. Most of the focus is on identifiable information that can be associated with editors, although it acknowledges that the viewing of pages is also logged, primarily for statistical purposes. It also explains briefly how IP addresses, user accounts, and the relationships between them are handled.
All of the information collected is available to the developers for technical purposes. The policy states that it will not be released except with permission, when legally required, under certain circumstances to deal with abuse, or when "necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of the Wikimedia Foundation, its users or the public."
Addressing the issues raised recently with some users disclosing their account passwords (see archived stories), the policy states, "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."
Immediately following the announcement, a number of people read the policy and found various corrections that needed to be made. Trustee Angela explained that the adoption of the policy as "official" was intended "to encourage people to actually look at it and comment on it since it's been basically ignored for months". Appropriate changes will still be incorporated into the official text of the policy on the Foundation's website.