We at Anique USA Inc. (“Anique,” “we,” or “us”) are dedicated to protecting the personal information of our visitors and our collectors, enabling them to collect, purchase, and display their collectibles based on licensed anime content on our platform (“Platform”). To help you understand what kinds of personal information we collect when you visit our website, or use or sign-up for our Platform, and your rights to that information, we have prepared this Privacy Notice. In addition to this Privacy Notice, please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions related to your information and how it’s handled.
- A Brief Introduction And Some Key Terms
Anyone can visit our Platform. From our Platform, visitors can register as a user, and collect digital collectibles associated with licensed artwork. We refer to these collectibles as Moments and we refer to these users as ‘Collectors.’ Throughout this Privacy Notice we’ll refer to our Platform and other products and services collectively as ‘Services.’
Our Privacy Notice deals with personal information that we collect from visitors and Collectors, and use for our own purposes. As we explain below, we collect your personal information in order to enable you to create a user account, display artwork associated with Moments, and for other reasons.
- What Kinds Of Personal Information Do We Collect?
We only collect information about you if we have a reason to do so — for example, to provide our Services, to communicate with you, or to make our Services better. We collect this information from three sources: when you provide information to us, automatically through operating our Services, and from outside sources. Below, we go over the information that we collect.
Information You Provide to Us
Below are the types of information that you provide to us directly. This information includes:
Account Information. In order to create an account, we ask that you provide certain basic information, such as a name, email, password, and your language preferences. You may also provide some additional represent your profile icon.
Digital Wallet Information. If you choose to use our digital wallet and/or a third-party payment wallet, we may collect information we need to conduct AML/KYC and fraud checks, or to otherwise comply with legal requirements, including: your real name, passport, a photo, government ID, bank information, device information, IP addresses, and more.
Communications. You may send us emails and other communications when you have customer support inquiries or other concerns. You might also provide us with information in other ways, including by responding to surveys, submitting a form or participating in contests or similar promotions. If you choose, you can also join our online chat support channels to communicate with us directly. If you do so, we'll also record your chat messages.
Information We Collect Automatically
We also collect the following information automatically:
Log Information. When you visit our website, or otherwise use our Services, we collect information about your activity on and interaction with our Services. This information may include your computer's internet protocol (IP) address, preferences, web pages you visited prior to coming to our website, information about your browser, network or device (such as browser type and version, operating system, internet service provider, preference settings, unique device IDs and language and other regional settings), information about how you interact with our Services (such as timestamps, clicks, scrolling, browsing times, searches, transactions, referral pages, load times, and problems you may encounter, such as loading errors).
Cookies. Some information is collected automatically using cookies and similar technologies when you use our Services.
Information We Collect from Other Sources
We may also get information about you from other sources. You may choose to connect your account in the Anique platform to a digital wallet - something that is required before you can collect Moments, or a payment wallet offered by certain third parties as outlined in . If you elect to do so, we will receive your name, wallet address, credit, fiat, or stablecoin balance, wallet contents, and more. Critically, it is by verifying the contents of your digital wallet that we are able to determine what artwork associated with your Moments.
- How We Use Your Information
We will use the information that we collect for the following purposes:
To Provide our Services. For example, to manage your account, communicate with you about your use of the Anique platform, respond to your inquiries, display artwork associated with Moments, provide troubleshooting, and for other customer service purposes. We also need to collect some information from you to enable third parties to provide integrated payment services, if you elect to use such services.
To Communicate with You. For example, by sending you emails about your transactions and Service-related announcements, to ask for feedback, and to share tips about our Services and more.
To Promote our Services. For example, in order to promote our Services we send you tailored marketing communications about products, Services, offers, programs and promotions of Anique and our partners and measure the success of those campaigns. We may send different marketing communications to you based on what we think may interest you based on other information we hold about you. If you do not wish to receive such promotional messages, you may notify us at any time or unsubscribe to such messages automatically in your user account.
To Improve our Services. For example, we use information to analyze and learn about how our Services are accessed and used, evaluate and improve our Services (including by developing new products and services and managing our communications) and monitor and measure the effectiveness of our advertising. We usually do this based on anonymous, pseudonymized or aggregated information which does not focus on you individually.
To Fix Problems with our Services. For example, by monitoring, debugging, repairing, and preventing issues.
To Market our Services and Measure the Effectiveness of our Marketing. For example, by targeting our marketing messages to groups of Collectors, advertising our Services, analyzing the results of our marketing campaigns (like how many people purchased a Moment plan after receiving a marketing message), and understanding and forecasting Collector retention.
For Security Purposes. For example, to ensure the security and integrity of our Services.
To Facilitate Third-Party Relationships. For example, to manage our vendor and partner relationships, including with our licensors Funimation and Kodansha, and their affiliates. In addition, if you elect to use a payment wallet, we will share information necessary to connect your payment wallet with your account.
To Protect our Services, our Users, and the Public. For example, by detecting security incidents; detecting and protecting against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity; fighting spam; complying with our legal obligations; and protecting the rights and property of Anique and others, which may result in us, for example, declining a transaction or terminating Services.
- How We Share Your Information with Third Parties
We share personal information in the following ways:
Licensors. We share with our licensors-including Kodansha and Funimation-data regarding visitors. For example, we provide a Licensor with information about how underlying intellectual property has been interacted with. We do this so we can continue to provide licenses to artwork associated with Moments.
Third-Party Plugins and Social Networks. We may share personal information with third-party services to improve your experience, at your direction. For example, when you use a third-party service to create or log in to your account we may share your personal information with that third-party service.
Third-Party Vendors and Service Providers. We may share information about you with third-party vendors who need the information in order to provide their services to us, or to provide their services to you or your site. This includes vendors that help us provide our Services to you, such as Sardine, which helps us detect suspicious activity on our Platform . We may also share information with those that assist us with our marketing efforts (e.g., by providing tools for identifying a specific marketing target group or improving our marketing campaigns) and those that help us understand and enhance our Service, such as Google Analytics. We will also share your information with third-party vendors that make tools to help us run our operations and those that provide technical or other support services to you.
Third-Party Payment Services. We may share information about you with third-party payment processors. The most important of these vendors is Circle Internet Financial, Inc. which provides payment processing as well as credit, fiat, and stablecoin wallet services as described in the . Circle's privacy policies are as follows:
Following the Law. We may disclose your personal information if we determine that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with the law, protect our or others' rights, property or interests (such as enforcing our ) or prevent fraud or abuse. In particular, we may disclose your personal information in response to lawful requests by public authorities, such as to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
Business Transfers. We may disclose or transfer information, including personal information, as part of any merger, sale, and transfer of our assets, acquisition or restructuring of all or part of our business, bankruptcy, or similar event.
Protection of Rights. We may disclose information when we believe it necessary to respond to claims asserted against us, comply with some legal process (e.g., subpoenas or warrants), enforce or administer our agreement, for fraud prevention, risk assessment, investigation, and to protect the rights, property or safety of Anique, its users, or others.
With your consent. We may share and disclose information with your consent or at your direction.
- What Are The Legal Grounds For Our Processing Of Your Personal Information?
When we use your information, we rely on a number of legal grounds to justify processing it. As we outline below, there are four such grounds that we rely on.
Our primary justification for processing your information is because it is necessary for us to fulfill our contract with you. This basis for processing your information is strictly limited to what is necessary to provide the Services found in our and those that you have requested from us, including pursuant to the .
We also rely on our legitimate interest to process your information, so long as it doesn't conflict with your privacy rights. This means we must have a specific and necessary reason for processing your information that does not excessively intrude into your privacy rights. Our specific reasons include:
We must process information, such as your name, email, and other information related to your user account, in anticipation that you will seek to request Services from us and to otherwise manage your account. This processing is necessary in order to organize your information and to allow you to log back on to our website and interact with the content that you have uploaded.
We must process information that enables us to conduct internal marketing research, including logs of how users have interacted with content and Moments. This is necessary as it allows us to facilitate our website's development, and to otherwise improve the way we provide our Services to you.
We must process your information in order to manage our relationship with you, including when you mail us questions or comments. This is necessary in order for us to process any requests, or to resolve any issues, related to your relationship with Anique. In particular, we must use your information to conduct AML/KYC procedures, or screen fraud, or to otherwise comply with our legal obligations.
We must process your information, such as your choice of language or location preferences, to best customize how you interact with the Anique platform. This is necessary as it enables us to provide more attractive and accessible services to our visitors and Collectors.
We must process your information in order to enable certain third-party service providers, such as our lawyers or accountants, to assist us in the operation and provision of our services. This is necessary for the continued compliance of our Platform with relevant legal and operational requirements.
We must process your information in the event that Anique is subject to any legal claim and to comply with laws and regulations. This is necessary in order for Anique to defend itself and to otherwise avoid any disruptions to its services.
We must process your information in the event that Anique is the subject of any merger, acquisition, assignment, restructuring, or transfer of any portion of our business. This is necessary as it enables Anique to maintain its financial viability.
Should the need arise, we will process information on account of any legal obligations we have. For example, this could occur if subpoenaed or otherwise compelled to cooperate with local authorities.
If necessary, we will also rely on your express consent to process information. This may happen, for example, when we seek to email you our newsletter. If you initially provided your consent, you may withdraw it at any time by visiting your "Account Settings."
We use "cookies" to collect information about you and your activity across our site. A cookie is a small piece of information that our website stores on your computer, and accesses each time you visit, so we can understand how you use our site.
- How We Protect Your Information
The security of your information is important to us. Anique has implemented a variety of measures to protect the information we collect. For example, we have implemented the following technical features:
Firewalls to protect against intruders.
Building redundancies throughout our network.
Testing for and protecting against network vulnerabilities.
Encryption to some sensitive information.
We also maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards that are intended to appropriately protect against accidental or unlawful destruction, accidental loss, unauthorized alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access, misuse and any other unlawful form of processing, of the personal information in our possession.
However, no website or internet transmission is completely secure. We urge you to take steps to keep your personal information safe, such as choosing a strong password and keeping it private, as well as logging out of your user account, and closing your web browser when you finish using the Platform on a shared or unsecured device.
- How Long We Store Your Information
We retain personal information regarding you or your use of the Services for as long as your account with us is active or for as long as needed to provide you or our Collectors with the Services. We also retain personal information for as long as necessary to achieve the purposes described in this Privacy Notice, for example, to comply with our legal obligations, to protect us in the event of disputes and to enforce our agreements and to protect our and others' interests.
Please note that in the course of providing the Services, we collect and maintain aggregated, anonymized or de-personalized information which we may retain indefinitely.
- Where We Store Your Information
We value the integrity of your personal information, and as a result, any transfer to servers located within the United States are governed by the Model Standard Contractual Clauses drafted by the European Commission. Any transfers made to Japan are sufficiently protected as Japan is considered by the European Commission to offer an adequate level of protection for personal information.
- Access and Amend Your Information
You may update or correct your account information at any time by logging in to your account and making adjustments to your "Account Settings." You may also contact us in order to request that we amend or delete your information.
- Children's Privacy -- Collectors Must Be 18 Or Older!
We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18 or knowingly allow such persons to register. We require all Collectors to be at least 18 years of age to use our Platform. If we learn that a Collector is not of sufficient age we will promptly delete their account. If you have information or believe a child is using our services, please us at .
- Links To Other Websites
The Anique Platform may contain links to third-party sites or online services. We are not responsible for the practices of such third parties, whose information practices are subject to their own policies and procedures, not to this Privacy Notice. This is particularly important if you elect to connect our digital wallet from another site to your account.
- What Happens If Our Business Is Transferred, Bought, Or Goes Bankrupt?
If we or our assets are acquired, or in the unlikely event that we go out of business or enter bankruptcy, we would include information among the assets transferred to any parties who acquire us.
- How Will You Revise This Notice?
We will occasionally update this Privacy Notice to reflect company and user feedback. We strongly encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Notice to be informed of how we protect and use your information.
- Your Rights To Your Information
Please read the following table carefully. If you are a resident of the EU, it outlines your rights to your information. If you are a resident of a non-EU state, we will nonetheless make an effort to provide you with the same rights to personal information that EU residents possess. If you are a California resident, California law may provide you with additional rights -- however these rights tend to exceed those requirements!
- California Resident Rights
Right to Know and Data Portability
You have the right to request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past 12 months. Once we receive your request and confirm your identity, we will disclose to you:
The categories of personal information we collected about you.
The categories of sources for the personal information we collected about you.
Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling that personal information.
The categories of third parties with whom we share that personal information.
If we sold or disclosed your personal information for a business purpose, two separate lists disclosing:
sales, identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient purchased; and
disclosures for a business purpose, identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
The specific pieces of personal information we collected about you (also called a data portability request).
Right to Delete
You have the right to request that we delete any of your personal information that we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions (the "right to delete"). Once we receive your request and confirm your identity, we will review your request to see if an exception allowing us to retain the information applies. We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service provider(s) to:
Complete the transaction for which we collected the personal information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, fulfill the terms of a written warranty or product recall conducted in accordance with federal law, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.).
Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information's deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research's achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
Comply with a legal obligation.
Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
We will delete or deidentify personal information not subject to one of these exceptions from our records and will direct our service providers to take similar action.
Exercising Your Rights to Know or Delete
To exercise your rights to know or delete described above, please submit a request by either:
Only you, or someone legally authorized to act on your behalf, may make a request to know or delete related to your personal information.
You may only submit a request to know twice within a 12-month period. Your request to know or delete must:
Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative, which may include your account information and email.
Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.
We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you.
You do not need to create an account with us to submit a request to know or delete.
We will only use personal information provided in the request to verify the requestor's identity or authority to make it.
We make this easy! We don't sell personal information.
- Do Not Track Settings
Most modern web browsers give you the option to send a Do Not Track signal to the websites you visit, indicating that you do not wish to be tracked. However, there is no accepted standard for how a website should respond to this signal, and we do not take any action in response to this signal. Instead, we offer you the choices described in this Notice to manage the collection and use of information about you.
- How Can You Contact Us?
This Privacy Notice is effective as of March 10, 2022.