MaiOtaku Dating Site Allegedly Imports AniMinneapolis, Meta Con Attendee Profile Information Without User Consent
posted on by Kim Morrissy
A user in the "Minnesota Cosplayers" Facebook group alleged on October 30 that users who signed up for the AnimeCon.org conventions AniMinneapolis and Meta Con conventions are also automatically signed up to the MaiOtaku dating site without their consent. The imported information includes names, emails, and credit card details. The poster advised convention goers to search for their information by entering their email into the Lost Password Recovery page. One of the concerns also alleges that some of the profiles were populated for convention attendees who are under the age of 18.
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The AnimeCon.org convention organization runs the AniMinneapolis and Meta Con conventions in Minneapolis, Anime-ZAP! in Peoria, Illinois, Kanpai!Con in Omaha, Anime Midwest and Con+Alt+Delete in Rosemont, Illinois, and QC Anime-zing! in Davenport, Iowa.
Ryan Kopf, the chief executive officer, was banned from future Anime Milwaukee conventions following an alleged sexual assault that took place during the 2018 convention between February 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee hotel. Kopf was previously named in a police report alleging he committed forcible rape at the Clarion Hotel in Davenport, Iowa on May 3, 2013. The police report states the incident occurred during an anime convention run by Kopf and the victim was a member of the convention's volunteer staff.