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Finnish police probe Wikipedia’s donation campaign

Published time: February 08, 2014 23:24
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Finnish police have asked Wikipedia to reveal details of its donation campaign in the country to determine whether the free online encyclopedia is in breach of Finland’s fundraising laws.

Law enforcement wants to take a look at the encyclopedia’s donation program – which runs globally – as well as the Finnish version of the website,, according to a police letter posted by Wikimedia.

According to the country’s laws, organizations seeking donations must obtain permission from Finnish police. The measure was introduced to crack down on fraudulent donations drives in the country.

One of the central requirements in the fundraising legislation is that organizations seeking donations must be working in the public interest.

Police are investigating whether Wikipedia’s donation program breaches any of the country’s laws, as the company did not apply for the proper license.

Wikimedia uploaded the letter onto their website and said it was passed on to lawyers at the Wikimedia Foundation.

Suomi Tommi Kovala, chair of Wikimedia, told YLE public broadcaster that the letter from police was a surprise, since Wikipedia’s fundraising events never go through Finnish associations and all donations go directly to the US-based Wikimedia Foundation.

“The issue here is about activities carried out by a United States-based entity, which does not even have servers here in Finland. Presumably this clarification request is related to the fact that the appeal for donations is written in the Finnish language and appears on Finnish-language Wikipedia pages,” Kovala said.

Wikipedia’s Finnish-language website is similar to other Wikipedia sites, and the donation process works the same way. Individuals are given a selection of payment methods and various choices on the amount they wish to give.

Finnish police are asking for a response by February 21.

Launched in 2001, Wikipedia is a free internet encyclopedia available in 287 languages across the globe. It is supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia, which relies on volunteers for its information, is the world’s sixth most visited site, according to Alexa.

Comments (11)


Jerkface McGee 10.02.2014 01:21

Bru Bank-Guy 09.02.2014 10:29

Wikipedia is fraud hoaxing run by CIA-Mossad, spreading lies that have murdered innocent people. Was proven years ago, thousands of Wikipedia entries come from CIA IP addresses (Wired magazine).


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Keith Bosthen 09.02.2014 22:48

ToniL 09.02.2014 04:48

We just believe in fascist principles, like transparency of government, elimination of corruption and judiciously fighting crime within a framework of citizen's rights.

Of course we all can't be a paradise like that ideal of kind, gentle government next door.


I once lived in Finland for a short period of time. A lot of finns actually adore fascism, they think that it was rather good think than bad. Many finns were pretty open minded about fascism too. No offence but Finland is just woods and few people around who are way too over themselves.


Anon Wibble 09.02.2014 21:22

Reason number 34293498234 to use bitcoin.

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