Wikipedia Details Government Data Requests

The best defence against being forced to surrender information is not to store or process it in the first place.

The small number of overall data requests – Wikimedia also said that it handed over information in just 14 percent of the 56 cases – stems from the limited amount of information that Wikipedia holds on the almost 22 million users who edit the website’s content.

Typically, Wikipedia stores only basic information like a computer’s Internet protocol, or I.P., address, a digital signature that gives a user’s location, and email addresses. The website also does not hold onto the data for more than 90 days.