Health Passports Gain Traction: Are We Ready For Them?

‘Health passports’ – portable proofs of vaccination, typically in the form of a smartphone app, or scannable QR code – are beginning to be deployed worldwide, and are a hot-topic of debate today in the US;  but serious questions remain about their necessity, how they will address privacy concerns, as well as comply with health-data […]

Announcing New “What’s My Vote Worth” Calculator – Showing Importance of Data Privacy to Combat Targeted Political Ads

Amid the most expensive election cycle in U.S. history, today we are pleased to announce the launch of our new “What’s My Vote Worth” Online Calculator, designed to show voters just how much money is spent advertising to them during the 2020 election cycle.  To use the calculator, any individual can anonymously enter information about […]

The Pros, Cons and Neutral Cases for CPRA/Prop 24

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) – the country’s most ambitious state-level attempt at online consumer privacy protection – went into effect this year, and quickly disappointed many privacy advocates for its limited oversight and weak enforcement mechanisms. Prop 24 – or, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) – aims to plug many of the […]

Consumer Attitudes on Data Privacy: Shifting sentiment toward Big Tech.

At the end of July 2020, multinational consulting services firm KPMG Advisory released a new data privacy study, outlining results of a May 2020 poll on consumer attitudes on data privacy.  Some specific details are interesting, but the key conclusions are things we’ve seen reiterated many times before: “…Consumers overwhelmingly agree that data privacy is […]

SCOTUS Robocall Ruling: Challenge to 1991 TCPA Averted

On Monday, July 6th, 2020, the Supreme Court upheld and strengthened a pre-existing 1991 Robocall Ruling, banning Robocalls on cell phones. The challenge to the law was made by political-consultant organizations who noted that the law contained an unconstitutional exception for government debt collection, while continuing to ban other forms of speech (e.g. like polling, […]

An Updated Look at Robocall Statistics

There has been a lot in the news lately about the rapid growth and changing nature of malicious phone-scams, including both automated Robocallers as well as live phone-scammers. If you have to personally block every unwanted call, you’ve already lost, right? Between 2017 and 2019, growth in unwanted harassing calls effectively doubled, and consumer complaints […]

How bad is the 800 million-record First American data breach?

How bad is the 800 million-record First American data breach and can DeleteMe help homeowers who have their private home and personal data exposed? If you have owned a home or currently own in the United States in the last 15 years, it is likely your personal information may have been exposed. The information that […]

Marriott Breach – 500 Million Guests’ Data Exposed

Marriott’s guest reservation system has been breached, exposing the personal information of approximately 500 million guests from over the past four years. DeleteMe can protect you from data breaches like this: we stop hackers from being able to obtain your personal information in the first place. Right now, DeleteMe is offering a free month of […]

Your Voter Records are Being Sold

Yesterday, I woke up at 6AM to vote in Midterm Elections, in person, for the first time in my American life. I got there just as my polling station opened. There was already a line snaking all around the school hallway, full of people ready to cast their ballot. Most of these people had probably […]

In China, Private Data is For Sale

We originally published this post on our Online Privacy Blog, but we’ve updated it here as the story has progressed.  (Originally published January 13, 2017.) The private data collected by the Chinese government’s mass surveillance program is for sale online, and it’s not that expensive. In the West, breaching personal data privacy in the interest […]