This document tells how CodeBits Interactive stores, collects and uses your personal data on the Internet.
Revision from: 05.2018
We offer a variety of services and products that help millions of people to learn something new every day, solve various problems and just communicate with each other. Here are just a few examples of our products:
In our services, you can both place your personal data and materials, and in various ways manage them in order to ensure confidentiality. By creating a CodeBits account or any other accounts under the control of CodeBits, you will have many opportunities such as: Correspondence with friends or colleagues on the CodeBits website, publish photos in CodeBits services or using accounts included in the CodeBits Network, play and exchange content with friends, find new information or receive services from other people using services such as ProfiPlace or FitSpace. At the same time, many services can be used without logging in and even creating it, for example, to search for certain services or services on CodeBits websites. In all our services you yourself specify what information about you we can collect and how to use it.
What data do we collect?
CodeBits collects user data in order to make our services more convenient. Thanks to this, we not only determine which language you asked for, but solve more complex problems, for example, we automatically select useful ads or interesting materials on our sites, and also help to find contacts of friends and acquaintances. The type of data we collect depends on how you use our products and what privacy settings are set in your account.
If you have not logged in to the CodeBits account, we register information that we collect using unique identifiers associated with browsers, applications, and devices. This allows us to remember your settings and other data so you do not have to re-enter them in a new session.
If you are logged in, we collect and store in the CodeBits account information that we process as personal data.
The content that you create and provide to us
By creating a CodeBits account, you provide us with personal information, including your username and password. You can also specify a phone number or billing information. Even if you are not logged in, you can optionally provide us with some information about yourself, for example, an e-mail address to receive news of our services.
We also collect the content that you create, download or receive from other users when using our products. This includes photos and videos that you save, modifications to the games you authored, your comments on the materials on our sites, etc.
Information we collect when you use our services
Applications, browsers and devices
We log information about the applications, browsers and devices that you use to access the CodeBits services. This provides functionality such as automatic application updates.
Among other things, we collect unique identifiers, as well as data such as the type and settings of the browser and devices, the operating system, the mobile network (including the operator's name and phone number), and the version number of the application.
We also register information about the interaction of your applications, browsers and devices with our services, including IP address, crash reports, information about the system activities, the date and time when you visited our resource, and the URL from which you are on He was transferred (referral URL).
We get this data when the CodeBits product from your device contacts our servers, for example, when installing the application from the Play Store or checking for updates. Android devices with CodeBits applications periodically communicate with the CodeBits servers and transmit data about their status and connection to our services. These data include, in particular, the type of device, the name of the mobile operator, reports on failures and possible problems.
We collect information about what you do in the CodeBits services. This ensures the operation of various useful functions, for example, recommended news, games or products. Such information includes:
If you use CodeBits services for making and receiving calls or sending and receiving messages, we can collect data about calls, including phone numbers for incoming, outgoing and forwarded calls, the date and time of calls and messages, the duration and type of calls, and call routing.
You can specify in the settings of the CodeBits account what data about it we will collect.
We collect information about your location when you use our services so that you can access functions such as displaying routes in certain applications (search for trainers, ordering a taxi, etc.) or displaying recommendations that approach the place where you now are.
We determine your location with a certain degree of accuracy, considering the following factors:
The types of location data we collect depend in part on the settings of your device and account. For example, you can turn off or turn on your Android smartphone or tablet - geolocation, and in your account settings - the history of locations.
In some cases, we also collect data about you from public sources. For example, if your name is mentioned in a local newspaper, CodeBits can index this article and show it to users who perform a search for your name. We can also receive information about you from trusted persons. Among other things, they include marketing partners who provide us with information about potential customers of our business services, and security partners who advise CodeBits on abuse prevention. In addition, advertisers share with us certain information that is necessary for conducting marketing research and displaying ads.
To receive and store data, we use a variety of technologies, such as cookies and pixel tags, local storage, such as Internet storage in the browser or application cache, databases and server logs.
Why does CodeBits collect this information?
Thanks to the received data, we can maintain and improve existing services, create new ones, and also ensure the security of CodeBits and our users.
User data provides functions in the CodeBits services
We use personal information of users in the work of our services. For example, it helps us to process your searches or prompt the addresses of the recipients to whom you want to grant access to the content.
User data allows you to maintain and optimize the CodeBits services
User information is also needed to ensure the stable operation of services (for example, it helps to track failures) and to optimize them. In particular, we can determine which searches are most often mistaken. This allows us to improve the spell check function.
User data helps to develop new services
Thanks to the collected information, we can create new applications. For example, when we learned how users reacted to certain game functions in Freelancer Simulator, we were able to compose a more interesting and fascinating concept paper and gameplay for the second part of the game.
User data provides personalization of services, including the selection of content and advertising
We use the collected data in order to customize the services in accordance with the needs of users, provide individual recommendations, specially selected content and search results. For example, the recommendations on the CodeBits website are related to the solutions that you use. And based on your applications and games, we offer you other applications that may interest you.
If you have not disabled this feature in your account settings, we can also show you individually selected ads depending on your interests.
We do not show users personalized ads related to delicate categories, such as race and religion, sexual orientation or health.
CodeBits does not convey to advertisers your personal information, such as name and email address, unless you yourself ask us to do so.
User data helps you evaluate performance
We use your personal information to track how users interact with our services. So, we analyze the statistics of visits to our sites in order to optimize their internal structure. In turn, advertisers can evaluate the effectiveness of their campaigns based on information about which ads you click on. For this we use a number of tools, both our own (CodeBits Analytics) and third-party development (Google Analytics, Yandex.Metrika, Unity Analytics). When you visit a site connected to this service, CodeBits and the CodeBits Analytics client receive information about your activities that can be easily correlated with similar information from other sites where our ads are displayed.
User data is needed in order to maintain communication with you
We use personal information, such as an email address, to communicate with you. For example, we can send alerts about suspicious attempts to log into accounts from new devices and changes in our products. And when you contact CodeBits, your messages are saved so that we can solve the problem faster.
User data protect the security of CodeBits, users and others
The information we collect is extremely important for ensuring the security and reliability of our services. By disposing of it, we can identify and block threats in a timely manner so as not to allow attackers to harm CodeBits, users and the public interest.
To perform these tasks, we use different data processing technologies. Our automated systems analyze your content and specifically select ads and search results for you, and also adapt other functions taking into account how you use CodeBits products. In addition, it allows timely to prevent the spread of spam, malware and illegal content, as well as to prevent other illegal activities. We also apply algorithms to find patterns in the data.
To implement the above goals, we combine the data coming to us from various services and from the devices that you use. If you have not disabled this feature in the settings, we can link your activities to various sites and applications with your personal data in order to increase the efficiency of the CodeBits services and show you the appropriate advertising.
If your email address or other identifying information is already known to other users, we can provide them with publicly accessible information about your CodeBits account, including your name and photo. Thanks to this, for example, it will be easier for them to determine which messages they receive from you.
Your sharing settings
In this section, we describe the main tools used to manage privacy in our services. You can view and change its settings using the Confirm Privacy Settings tool. In addition, special security settings are available in individual products. More detailed information can be found in this manual.
Viewing and changing personal data
You can manage your personal data stored in CodeBits. To do this, you must log in to your account and go to the required service. For example, you can view your content on the CodeBits website at any time and make changes to it.
In your CodeBits account, there are various tools for managing the information listed below.
You can choose which activity will be stored in your account. For example, if you enable location history, CodeBits services will be able to show you various recommendations regarding actions or content that are appropriate at a given location. If you have included the history of CodeBits games, we can offer you other games that you will probably find interesting.
Advertising preferences settings
You can choose which advertisements should be shown to you on the CodeBits resources, as well as on other sites and in the applications of our partners. In your account settings, you can edit information about your interests, allow or prohibit the use of your personal information to select ads, and block certain sources of ads.
You can choose what information about you will be seen by other users.
Recommendations of friends
You can choose whether the name and photo from your profile will be displayed in your feedback and recommendations, which are added to advertisements.
Information you share
Access to your data in CodeBits can be restricted to selected users.
How to view and edit your data
On the CodeBits website
In the account settings section, you can manage the data that is created when you use the CodeBits services, for example, information about your games and products, requests, or site visits.
In the personal account of third-party services
In the Personal account of the services working in the CodeBits network, you can manage the information associated with this particular service. When working with our partners, we strictly follow the observance of all the rules of protection of your personal data as long as they work in our network and / or use our services.
Exporting and deleting your information
You can export your information from the CodeBits account if you need a copy of it or you plan to use this information in a third-party service.
By law, in some situations, you also have the right to require us to remove content from a particular CodeBits service.
You can delete the information in the following ways:
Transfer of your information
Many of our services allow you to transfer your information to other users and control this process. It is important to remember that all publicly available materials can be scanned and indexed by search engines, including Google, Yandex, etc.
If you use CodeBits services by logging into your account, for example, adding comments to materials on sites, or to games on Google Play, next to the information you publish, your name and photo will be displayed. In addition, such information can be presented in advertising, if you have not prohibited it in the settings of the function of your profile.
We do not disclose personal information to users of companies, organizations and individuals not affiliated with CodeBits. The exceptions are the situations listed below.
The user has given his consent to this
Your personal information can be transferred to legal entities or individuals not affiliated with CodeBits, if you have agreed to do so. For example, if you use CodeBits services to contact the search service of trainers, we will provide your phone number to this service only with your permission. In addition, sensitive personal information will not be passed on to anyone without your explicit consent.
The domain administrator has given his consent
If you study or work in an institution that uses CodeBits services, your domain administrator and resellers who have the right to manage it will have access to your CodeBits account. These individuals can perform the following actions:
For processing by third parties on behalf of CodeBits
At the request of legislation
We may disclose your personal information to legal entities and individuals not affiliated with CodeBits, if we believe in good faith that these individuals have the right to receive, use, store or disclose this information on the following grounds:
We can provide personal information that does not allow us to identify you, to all users and our partners, such as publishers, advertisers, developers and rights owners. For example, we provide this information so that users can study trends in the use of our services. In addition, we allow individual partners to collect information from your browser or device using their own cookies and other technologies and use it to display ads and evaluate its effectiveness.
Protecting Your Information
In all CodeBits services, reliable security features are implemented to ensure the security of your data. When servicing our services, we receive information that allows us to detect and automatically resolve a variety of security issues. If necessary, we will inform you of any problems and tell you how to avoid them.
We do our best to protect CodeBits and our users from unauthorized attempts to access, modify, disclose or destroy the data we hold. Among other things, we take the following measures:
Exporting and deleting your information
You can export your information from the CodeBits account if you need a copy of it or you plan to use this information in a third-party service.
You can delete the information in the following ways:
In some cases, we store user information for a certain period of time, if this is due to justified commercial or legal purposes. You can learn more about how long the relevant information is stored and how long it takes to delete user information.
We do everything necessary to ensure that personal data of users in our services are not deleted accidentally or as a result of illegal actions. Therefore, information may disappear from our active services and backup systems not immediately after you delete it.
Compliance with regulatory requirements and interaction with regulatory bodies
When we receive a complaint in writing, we contact its sender. If we are unable to resolve a claim regarding the use of personal data, directly when interacting with you, we forward it to the public authorities that have the appropriate authority.
Entered into force: 05.2018.
The European Commission decided that certain countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) provide sufficient protection for personal data. You can see these resolutions. When transferring data from the EEA to other countries, for example the United States, we follow the legal norms that regulate data security at a level equivalent to European law.
CodeBits adheres to the principles of the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, which relates to data confidentiality and is concluded between the US and the EU, as well as a similar agreement between the US and Switzerland, the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework. These principles are formulated by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and storage of personal data from the countries of the European Union and Switzerland, respectively. CodeBits, including the CodeBits division and subsidiaries in other countries, claims to adhere to the principles of the Privacy Shield framework agreements. As outlined in the section "Information that CodeBits provides to third parties", CodeBits is responsible for the confidentiality of your personal data that we transmit to partners for processing for use in our services, in accordance with the principles of communication provided in this agreement .
The European Commission has approved the use of contracts with standard conditions as a basis for adequate protection of information when it is transferred outside the EEA. The use of the terms of the model contract in contracts between the parties is the basis for ensuring the security of personal data when transferring them from the EEA to countries that have not been qualified by the European Commission as providing sufficient level of protection.
CodeBits offers conditions for a standard contract to customers who use services for business.
In this section the following basic concepts will be considered:
An affiliate is a company that is part of the CodeBits group of companies. Among other things, this category includes other organizations that provide consumer services and cooperate with CodeBits. See also more information about companies cooperating with CodeBits, which provide services to commercial organizations in the EU and other countries of the world.
A procedure or set of rules that the computer follows when solving specific tasks.
Application data cache – storage of information on the user's device. For example, using it, a web application can work without an Internet connection. In addition, the cache allows you to speed up the application, providing faster downloads of content.
The Web data store in the browser allows sites to store information on the user's device. When used in "local storage" mode, the data is saved even after the session is terminated, that is, they will not disappear if you close and open the browser. The function of the Web data store is based on different technologies, for example HTML5.
Cookie File – it is a small file that contains a string of characters and is sent to your computer when you go to a certain page. With it, the site identifies the browser when you visit again. Such files are used for different purposes, for example, they allow you to remember your settings. You can prevent your browser from saving cookies or turning on notifications that will be displayed when you save such files on your device. Please note that disabling cookies may result in improper operation of sites and services.
Devices are computers, tablets, smartphones, smart speakers, and other electronic devices that can be used to access CodeBits services.
To gain access to some of our services, the user must create a CodeBits account by providing certain information (usually this name, email address and password). This data will be used for authentication in CodeBits services and for protecting the account from unauthorized access. You can change the settings for the CodeBits account at any time or even delete it.
When you follow the link to the landing page, it receives information about the URL of the original page. This is the transition URL.
Each device on the Internet has a number called an IP address. Such numbers are usually assigned by blocks on a geographic basis, so by IP-address you can often determine where the device is connected to the Internet.
This term means information about users that is collected by some CodeBits service and stored in a format that does not allow them to be identified.
Personal information is the information you provide to CodeBits that allows you to identify your identity. These include the name, email address, payment details and other information that may be regarded by CodeBits as identifying, for example information from your CodeBits account.
A pixel tag is placed on the site or in the text of an e-mail message and allows you to track specific user actions, such as viewing a page or opening a message. It is often used together with cookies.
This is personal information of a particular category, which includes, for example, confidential medical information, data on race or nationality, political or religious beliefs, sexual orientation.
Like most websites, our servers automatically record which pages were requested by users when they visited our resources. Server log records typically include your Internet request, IP address, browser type, browser language, request date and time, and one or more cookies that uniquely identify the browser.
A typical log entry related to a search query on our site (for example, the game "freelancer") looks like this:
220.127.116.11 – 25.05.2018 10:15:32 - https://cdbits.net/games/?s=freelancer&platform=all&type=all | Firefox 1.0.7; Windows NT 5.1 - 740674ce2123e969
The element above is the IP address that is assigned to the user by the ISP. Depending on the type of connection, the address can be different for each session on the Internet.
The element above is the date and time of the request.
The element above is the URL of the CodeBits search results page, which includes a search query.
Firefox 1.0.7; Windows NT 5.1
The element above is information about the browser and the operating system on the user's device.
The element above is the unique identifier of the cookie assigned to the computer the first time the CodeBits site is visited. If the user deletes the original cookie from their device, the unique identifier of the cookie that was added to the same computer the next time they visit the CodeBits is specified.
A unique identifier is a set of symbols that is assigned to a browser, application, or device in order to distinguish it from others. Identifiers differ in how they are accessed, what time they are in effect, and whether the user can reset them.
This function is used to protect data on the device, fight fraud, synchronize services, for example, mail and user settings, select relevant ads, etc. For example, unique identifiers recorded in cookies allow CodeBits to choose for the user content in its language . You can prevent your browser from saving cookies or turning on notifications that will be displayed when you save such files on your device.
Unique identifiers not associated with browsers allow you to recognize individual devices or applications on them. For example, the advertising ID is used to display ads on Android devices that match the queries or interests of the user. Management of such an identifier is carried out in the device settings. Also, unique identifiers (sometimes called UUIDs) can be assigned to the device by the manufacturer. In particular, they include the mobile phone identification number (IMEI). Such identifiers allow us to optimize the service settings for a specific device and analyze the failures in their work associated with various devices.
CodeBits cooperates with a wide variety of companies and organizations, each of which considers a partner. For example, our partners include more than a thousand third-party sites and applications that show ads through CodeBits, dozens of developers who jointly develop and publish their applications on Google Play through us, as well as professionals who provide security for our services. Due to information about security issues, we can notify users about the hacking of their accounts and protect accounts from intruders.
Some partners (listed below) may collect or receive personally identifiable information that does not allow the user to identify and pertains to the browser or device with which he or she worked with the CodeBits websites or applications. Partners collect this information using their own cookies and other technologies and use it to display ads and evaluate its effectiveness. In addition, cookies are used in our services for the electronic trade of sellers in determining the number of different people who viewed the advertising of goods.
CodeBits does not share your personal information, such as your name and email address, with advertisers, unless you yourself ask us to do so.
Below you can see a more detailed list of partner companies, data processors and others who can use some of your personal information without identification, or use personal information with your consent / or these partners have their own policy for processing your data, with which we recommend read before you start working with CodeBits services and other services on our network.
List of partners and data handlers:
Where is my data stored?
- CodeBits Main DC (Russia, Permsky Krai, Krasnokamsk);
- CodeBits Balance DC (Russia, Moskowskaya Oblast’ Chimki);
- CodeBits Balance DC USA (USA, CA, San Francisco);
- CodeBits Balance DC EU (German, Frankfurt);