Why Brokers, Not Breaches, Are America’s Largest Privacy Threat

By Rob Shavell, Co-Founder and CEO of DeleteMe. Corporate data breaches have become so commonplace that they barely register as newsworthy events anymore. The number of records compromised by hacks increased by 141% in 2020, and massive social platforms like Facebook and commercial sites like Amazon and eBay have repeatedly suffered data leaks over the […]

All the Ways Data Brokers Get Your Personal Information

Unhappy about the personal data that shows up when you Google your name? Here’s a guide to understanding where this information comes from and how you can improve your online privacy. Data brokers are companies that make money collecting and trading personal data belonging to consumers they don’t ever do direct business with. Data brokers […]

Is Amazon selling your personal info?

Is Amazon selling your personal info: Your Questions Answered When you type something into the search bar on Amazon, you’re likely to see an autofill option based on your previous searches. This is one of many ways that Amazon gathers information with the pretense of creating an optimized experience for you as a shopper. What […]

Does Google sell your personal information?

Is Google Selling Your Personal Information? Learn How to Protect Yourself The internet allows millions of users to complete tasks quickly and conveniently. However, one of the main concerns people have is online privacy. Companies like Facebook are known to collect and share data from their users. Data brokers like Whitepages often buy and sell […]

How to prevent doxxing?

Unwittingly escalating an online argument is regrettably easy. One minute, you’re replying to an internet troll’s comment on Youtube. The next, you’ve been doxxed. If you’re lucky, you might get away with a few annoying messages or several hundred dollars worth of pizza delivered to your house. But if you’re unlucky, your life could become […]

What are data brokers?

Well, what are data brokers? They know your phone number, political affiliations, and dating preferences. They also know when you move houses, start a new job, and get a divorce. No, we’re not talking about your immediate family and closest friends. We’re talking about data brokers — companies that sell your personal information to complete […]

Tax-Day 2020 Reality-Check: Will filing your taxes online share your personal info with data brokers?

Are you planning on filing your taxes online? Complaints about the tax-prep industry have existed for decades. For years they’ve lobbied successfully against development of direct electronic tax-return filing, or ‘return-free filing’-processes, either of which could potentially decimate their industry.  The average person’s IRS returns are simply not that complicated, yet millions of people still […]

The Sneaky Ways Data Brokers Gather Information About You

The data broker industry is somewhat of an anomaly in that they want you to know as little about the industry as possible. Despite being the arbiters of a personal information marketplace worth billions, they want as little publicity as possible, and they make it extremely difficult to remove personal information from Google. There’s a […]

What Exactly Do Data Brokers Know About You?

Data brokers collect and store personal information on nearly every U.S. consumer. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that a single data broker company has information on 1.4 billion consumer transactions, totaling over 700 billion data points and 3,000 data segments for nearly every American consumer. What information are data brokers collecting? You’ve likely heard […]