Privacy Policy

Welcome to Bushido!

Bushido is a platform where Subscribers can support and engage with creators. This updated Privacy Policy applies to Subscribers, creators and all users of our platform, and is part of our Terms of Use.

Bushido is a global company. By using our platform, you agree that your personal information that you provide directly to us, or that we collect through your use of the platform, may be transferred to and stored in the United States and handled as described in this Policy.

Information You Provide Through Your Account

This is information that you provide to us through text fields, such as your name, payment information and benefits. The information we collect differs depending on whether you make an account, become a Subscriber or become a creator.

  • First and Last Name
  • Email Address
  • Username

You also have the option to add more information to your public profile, such as a location, social media links and an about section, which we store along with any comments or messages you submit on Bushido.


A subscriber is someone who joins Bushido’s membership platform to support a creator’s membership content. As a Subscriber you must provide your payment information to our payment processors. You can see the Privacy Policy for these payment processors on the PayPal, Stripe and Checkout sites. Bushido does not receive your full card number at this time. Payment processors provide us with a token that represents your account, your card’s expiration date, card type and the last four digits of your card number. If you are required to provide your name and email address to the payment processor then they also provide us with that information.

We collect and process information about the creators you support, the level at which you support them, what benefits you receive and how often you support them. As a Subscriber, if you select a benefit tier with a physical benefit then you will provide your shipping information, including phone number, so the creator or Bushido can ship you the benefit or provide updates related to the shipment.


A creator is someone who creates and provides content for their Subscribers through Bushido’s membership platform. To become a creator, you must create a page that describes what you are creating and any benefits you are offering. To receive payouts you have to create an account with one of our payment partners: PayPal, Stripe or Payoneer. We may also require your bank account information to process payouts. You must also provide our payment providers with additional information for tax purposes. Depending on your location you may have to fill out a form with some combination of your:

  • First and Last Name
  • Address
  • Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Foreign Tax Identification Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Your Nonprofit Registration Number, if you are a nonprofit business
  • Bank Account Information for Payouts
  • Phone Number

Additional Information We Collect

Automatically Collected Information

We collect information automatically as you navigate the site or through our third-party analytics providers. We may store usage information such as the type of device you use to access Bushido, your operating system, browser type, IP address, device ID, the pages you visit or request, links clicked, referring sites, user interactions and your search terms. We also derive your location from your self-disclosed country, your IP address and your payment card.


When you participate in messaging, we collect the comments you make as well as record how many times users visit, the activity on the site, where users have replied, with whom they’ve communicated, private messages, IP address and from which location the user was last logged in.

Information Collected by Third Parties


We use Cookies on our website that collect information to allow us and third parties to understand your use of Bushido. Please see our Cookie Policy for more information on our use of cookies on Bushido.

Social Media Features and Widgets

How We Use Your Information

We process your information to:

  • verify your identity to comply with US federal, state, and international laws
  • allow you to sign in to your account
  • allow you to support a creator’s membership programme on Bushido
  • process membership payments and payouts
  • send merchandise to your shipping address
  • send you emails relevant to your usage, as controlled by your email preferences
  • reply to your questions
  • provide to you existing and enhanced services related to your Bushido account
  • promote your Bushido account for greater discoverability
  • spotlight and celebrate creators
  • market Bushido products and services to you or to audiences similar to you based on your networks and common factors that others have with you, unless you opt out, as controlled by your email preferences
  • understand how you use the service and create better tools for creators to serve Subscribers
  • conduct research and development to improve Bushido and develop future products
  • prevent fraud and abuse on Bushido
  • provide you with reasonable accommodation if you notify us of a disability

Information We Share with Creators

By becoming a Subscriber of a creator, you agree to have the following information shared with that creator:

  • your name and email address, and other profile information you’ve provided
  • any messages you send creators through Bushido
  • all information about your pledge, including amount and start date but not your full payment card information
  • some aggregated and anonymised data about how you use Bushido that cannot be linked back to you or to any individual user

Creators agree to the terms of our Data Processing Agreement (DPA) when they start their membership programme. This DPA is called the Creator Privacy Promise. The Creator Privacy Promise is a creator’s promise to protect the privacy of their Subscribers during and beyond their Bushido relationship. You can view a copy of the Creator Privacy Promise here.

Information We Share with Third Parties

We dont share information with third parties.

Information We Share with the Public

The following information is publicly accessible:

  • your profile and your social media links and location if you add that information
  • the creators you support are publicly displayed by default. If you flag your account as private, we will not display the creators you support
  • any posts, likes or comments you make
  • your aggregated or anonymised usage data in blog posts, press releases or in other ways to share information about Bushido’s usage. Aggregated or anonymised data cannot be linked back to any individual Bushido user
  • monthly pledge value and goals that creators choose to make public
  • number of Subscribers

Your Preferences and Rights over Data

Choosing Your Preferences

The Settings link is located by clicking on your avatar or profile at the top right-hand of your screen, after your log into your Bushido account. Settings lets you see your account preferences. You can see and adjust your settings by viewing your preferences and, if you wish, by changing your selections.

Accessing, Updating or Exporting the Information in Your Account

You can access and update certain information associated with your account on the settings pages. Additionally, you can delete your account or export your personal information by going to

Deleting Your Account

You may self-initiate a deletion of your account directly by emailing by clicking on the Make a Privacy Request button and submitting an "Erase" request. Please be aware that this action is final and cannot be reversed. If you would like to transport your data, please be sure to download your data first before you delete your account.

Compliance with EU Privacy Laws and Privacy Shield

Bushido is an international company that complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We act as Data Controllers, as defined under the GDPR, and we process personal data based on our legitimate interests and for contractual necessity in providing you the Service, as described in "How We Use Your Information". We also process and share personal information based on notification and users’ consent, which our users may revoke at any time.

Bushido relies on various legal bases to lawfully execute international transfers of personal information, including standard contract clauses approved by the European Commission.

Bushido complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States. Bushido has certified to the Department of Commerce that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles. If there is any conflict between the terms in this Privacy Policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles take precedence. To learn more about the Privacy Shield programme and to view our certification, please visit

Under limited circumstances you may invoke binding arbitration before the Privacy Shield Panel. More Information about this arbitration process can be found at

Bushido is responsible for the processing of personal information it receives or subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on Bushido’s behalf. Bushido complies with the Privacy Shield Principles for all onward transfers of personal information, including the onward transfer liability provisions.

With respect to the personal information received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, Bushido is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the US Federal Trade Commission.

Compliance with California Privacy Laws

Bushido’s headquarters are located in California, USA, and we are subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Effective 1 January 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) allows California residents to request access to the specific pieces and categories of personal information that the business has collected about the consumer, the categories of sources for that information, the business or commercial purposes for collecting the information, and the categories of third parties with which the information was shared.

Bushido provides California residents and all users with the right to view, access or transport their information at the Bushido Privacy Centre. All users also have the right to submit a request to delete information by going to the Bushido Privacy Centre, clicking on the "Make a Privacy Request" button and requesting "Erase".

Exercising Your Data Rights

Users in certain locations may have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regarding data that Bushido controls as a Data Controller as defined under the GDPR, including:

  • the right of access to their personal data,
  • the right to correct or rectify any inaccurate personal data,
  • the right to restrict or oppose the processing of personal data,
  • the right to erase or delete their personal data,
  • the right to personal data portability, and
  • the right to opt out of the sale of personal information.

You can exercise rights over your data on Bushido in the following ways:

  • accessing, reviewing, modifying and updating your data by logging in to your account at Bushido and going to your account settings.
  • viewing our Privacy Policy or viewing our data practices by emailing, where the Data Practices tab describes how we use your data and the Policies tab shows you our Privacy Policy.
  • downloading your data to port it or deleting your data altogether by clicking on the "Make a Privacy Request" button at the Bushido Privacy Centre.
  • deleting a previously-disabled account by emailing Bushido at

If you are unable to log in to your account and are unable to recover your account with a password reset in order to lodge your privacy request then you may reach out to We reserve the right to decline you access to or recovery of your account, at our discretion, in order to prevent an unauthorised takeover of your account.

Contacting our Data Protection Officers

If you have privacy concerns or questions, you can contact our European or US Data Protection Officers (DPOs) via email at

Prohibition against Discrimination

We do not discriminate against users who exercise their privacy rights.

Our Data Retention Period

We retain your account information for ten years after your account is last active unless you delete, or you request that we delete, your account. We may continue to retain some information even after you delete your account if we are required to do so in order to comply with various laws.


The security of your personal information is important to us and we follow industry standards to protect it. You can learn more by emailing us at


Bushido is not intended for children under the age of 13 and children may not create an account or otherwise use Bushido.


We may sometimes make changes to this policy. If we make material changes that adversely affect your rights under this policy, we will let you know by posting an announcement on the site or sending you an email in advance of the changes coming into effect. Continuing to use Bushido after a change to this policy means you accept the new policy. If you have any questions, please email

Effective immediately for existing users and users joining Bushido on or after 15 August 2022.