Using COTCOT with family, friends and business partners, we found it more useful than other messaging services, so we decided to make COTCOT available to all, as a public good, not as a profit-making venture.
We do not share, sell, or use your personal data for any commercial purpose.
COTCOT is free to use. Not so-called “free” where you pay with your data and privacy, but truly free. No ads. No data mining. No trackers. No catch.
Users of COTCOT can communicate one-on-one or as a group, simply, securely, and reliably, on a variety of media - text, audio, photo, video, and document. While these sound like the same features of any messaging platform, COTCOT is different in several important aspects.
To start with, COTCOT is not an "APP" on apps store or google play like other messaging services. COTCOT is web-based. thanks to this freedom, COTCOT solves multiple problems faced by users of app-based messaging.Problems that COTCOT solves
In creating COTCOT, we are guided by the following principles.
1. Data belong to users
We believe that data belong to users and not to platform operators. We do not require you to disclose your real name, phone number or email address to use this service. And even when you chose to add your phone or email details to your profile, we do nothing with it. Not selling it, not sharing it, not mining it.
We do not have the right to use your data for anything outside the purpose of serving you better and improving the usage of our system.Your data belong to you.
We do collect all the common information that we need, such as cookies, to serve our users better. As system developers and platform operators, we have the ability to look at your content, same as any other system developer.However, we only do this when we are forced to do so by the law, or to provide technical support.
We do our best to encrypt and protect any third party from spying on you. However, you should be aware that nothing on the Internet is absolutely protected. Every communication between two Internet users has to cross many hubs, links, and access points all over the globe, and this could open the door to those with the capacity, tools, and interest to spy on you, out of our knowledge or control.
When you delete your content, it is totally deleted. We do not save any copy of it whatsoever. However, be aware that the content that you sent to others on this service might remain on their possession.
2. Service is free
This service is free. Fully and really free. You do not pay for it with money or your data. Advertisers, sorry. Please go and invest your money elsewhere. We do not like it. It’s just annoying. In other words: this is not a commercial product, it’s simply a private, not-for-profit venture providing a public good.
In order to keep this service genuinely free, we must limit and manage the file storage.The way we do it is by auto deleting old files, in order to release storage for new files on a first-in first-out basis (FIFO).
3. Compliance is a must
We fully support democratizing the Internet and freedom of expression, but we are not above the law. So we are committed to legal compliance.
If we get a legitimate order from the relevant authorities to expose your data, we will cooperate to stop abusive, illegal or criminal activities, unless we have reason to believe that the order is an infringement of human rights and against the public's interest.
In other words: This is not a service to hide from authorities. As we are all on the internet, you should assume that all your communications -on COTCOT or on any other web-based or app-based service- are not fully secure, just as ALL your communications with any IOS or Android app are NOT fully protected from 3rd parties, illegal and unauthorized spying on you.
We have no political agenda for this platform, and no intention to enforce our views on anyone.
So, If you are Chinese you will have to comply with Chinese laws, just as we will, regardless of whether we like it or not.
If you are American you will have to comply with American laws, just as we will, whether we like it or not, and so forth.
We do not have to agree or like your law. We are not here to challenge it. This is simply a straight forward messaging service. Enjoy it. Lawfully. Do not abuse it.
4. Misuse is not tolerated
This service reflects our goodwill to all users. if it is misused or abused in a material way, we will consider changing our registration procedure to enforce verification of identity.
As long as people continue to use the platform without abusing it, we prefer to keep it this way. So please use COTCOT wisely, lawfully and for good.
5. Do and don’t
We do not allow to use COTCOT for any illegal activity.
We do not allow porn content on group and public rooms.
We do not allow adults to communicate with children under 18, that are not their close family.
Children can use COTCOT only by a parent-registration avvount, allowing the parents to monitor children's activities in real time, so they can block users and take actions against abusers.
We do not allow the service to be used to buy, sell, or negotiate, any illegal deals, products, or services.
We do not allow using the service to orchestrate illegal protest, anti- government activities or blackmail.
As a web-based service, COTCOT is open to use in any country and every user must observe the unique laws of his country.
6. Respect for your data
As the designers and operators of this platform, we technically CAN so called “hack” your account, and technically speaking, we CAN read your content, just as Google and Apple can read all your mobile phone content.
However, as you are on the public space of the internet, and your encrypted data and your device can be compromised in so many ways by so many 3rd parties, we recommend that you trust nobody too much (but don’t be too paranoid either).
Assume that anybody can listen to you. Sing like nobody’s listening, dance as no one is looking, love as there is no tomorrow, but do no harm - as on the internet everybody watching you (and since 1984 to date, the good guys as well as the bad guys got much better tools to do it).
Just as any other technology in the world, COTCOT is in a never ending beta mode. We keep testing, improving, developing, adding new features and updating the current one.
We do provide technical support, as much as our free time allows, via chat.
If you face any technical problem, have a good idea how to improve the service or you want to alert us about illegal activity on our platform please click the support link bellow to contact us directly.
Advertisers, please do NOT contact us, we are not going to change our mind.
Big Data companies, your money is not welcome here. please do NOT contact us.
Investors, thank you for your interest, but we are not for profit. We do not look for investments, as it might compromise the nature of this service as we want it to be: really free and respecting users interest.
Thank you, and we really hope you can enjoy COTCOT.