For cosplayway.net to run a proper operation means we have to collect and store some information about the users and their content. cosplayway.net was made to help and bring the cosplay community together in one place to connect, collaborate, network with each other and their fans. However as this means we will be collecting and storing data from you, we would like to be open with you and let you know how we use this data.
What kind of information do we keep?
We normally collect data through explicit and implicit methods.
1. Explicit Methods
Explicit is the type of information that you provide us with. For example, when you sign up with cosplayway.net, you give us certain information about yourself that can include your name, email, gender, your picture, location, skills and tools you use, the content you upload as well, alongside the meta data about this content, your cosplays, your likes, comments, follows, and followers.
2. Implicit Methods
When you visit any page on the internet, you are essentially sending over certain pieces of information, that is normally collected by sites to enhance the user experience, and to perform the necessary analytics to improve the site. You don’t have to provide these information. They are automatically sent with the http request, hence we refer to them as Implicit here. Here are some examples of the information we collect implicitly:
Device & OS: To understand our kind of users, and make sure we provide them the best experience, we keep record of user’s device type, and the operating system in use. This can be of great help to debug problems when they happen.
Log data: We record the visitor log data that is generated every time someone visits our website. This includes information like a user’s IP address, date and request time, visited web page, browser type, and queries sent.
We regularly use services from other providers to store and analyze all our content. For example, we use Google Analytics to track site and visitors behavior. This kind of service gives us valuable insight to understand the site usage, and improve on the service we have to offer.
What do we do with all this data?
The most common use of the data you provide, is of course showing it on the site for other users. Things like your public profile info, and your generated content and actions, such as posts, likes and comments.
Behind the scenes, there is a lot more going and that we intend to do in the future as well.
Analytics: To grow and enhance cosplayway.net, we need to understand visitors and their behavior.
Performance: Gauging user response time, and how much time is spent waiting for page to load, will help us know what areas of the website are in need of optimization and improvement.
Seamless experience: By using cookies, we can remember you the next time you visit our site, if you choose to do so for example. We can also remember your settings, and make things work better for you.
Email Updates: Based on your specified settings, we can send you email newsletters, notifications of interactions on your profile and generated content, or messages and comments that were sent to you. We also may have to contact you sometimes regardless of the settings, if there is a dire need for it. Such as in case of security breach. In that case, we need to notify all users of what needs to be done.
Personalization: Based on your behavior, we can provide a better more customized content stream and suggested content and users to follow in the future.
Fix problems: If there is a problem with the site, the information we collect helps us identify and fix it quickly.
Do we share your information and content?
cosplayway.net is a site about sharing content and showing cosplays. Hence there are parts of it that are public to anyone by default.
Other examples of when we may share your information include:
Third-party online services, such as Google Analytics. By placing some code on our site, they collect pieces of information about the visitors anonymously, to help generate analytics reports. Other services might operate in a different method as well.
Third party companies or individuals whom we employ to help us process and run certain parts of the business might require access to some of the information. For example, if we hire a design agency, they might require information about the demographic and usage of the site.
If the law requires that we hand over certain pieces of information, such as in case of legal request in case of fraud, security, or criminal investigation.
We may also share aggregated information without any personally identifiable data with our partners and advertisers, or with our users to show the trend and usage of the site.
How are changes to the policy made?
Policy has to change from time to time, to address certain aspects we have not before, or to accommodate for new changes and circumstances. The continued use of cosplayway.net after these changes are made, means you agree to the revised policy.