Personal Data Is a Source of Income for Data Broker Industry

In 2014, Dutch student, Shawn Buckles, set up an online auction to sell off his personal data to the highest bidder. Every bit of personal information went up for sale, including, location records, travel records, his personal calendar, email conversations, online conversations, browsing history, and his shopping preferences. Continue reading "Personal Data Is a Source of Income for Data Broker Industry"

How Does Your Personal Data Appear on Countless Websites?

If you’re reading this, you might be wondering, “How did this happen? I’ve never shared personal details about my income, address, or phone number, yet somehow, it’s posted all over the Internet without my consent! It’s a blatant violation of my rights! This must be illegal!” Does any of this sound familiar?   

Creepy as it sounds, we’re all being watched all the time. The question isn’t what we know about privacy, but what we don't know about it. Continue reading "How Does Your Personal Data Appear on Countless Websites?"

Why It’s Difficult to Remove Private Information About Yourself from the Internet

If you’ve ever tried to remove private details about yourself online, then it quickly became apparent that there’s many obstacles blocking your path to true online privacy. The average consumer is completely unaware of the countless ways their private information is being used and shared. The people pulling the strings behind the scenes are known as data brokers, and they have a good reason to keep your information public — it makes them money. As such, they have no motive to remove your private information from their websites.

Here’s a few examples of how data brokers and people-search sites can make it difficult for you to remove your private information. Continue reading "Why It’s Difficult to Remove Private Information About Yourself from the Internet"