Data Brokers

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

June 24, 2021
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…

All the Ways Data Brokers Get Your Personal Information

February 24, 2021
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 trad…

What are data brokers?

August 27, 2020
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 friend…

The Sneaky Ways Data Brokers Gather Information About You

August 30, 2019
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,…

What are Data Brokers Doing with Your Information?

August 14, 2019
If you’ve never heard of data brokers, they are the wheelers and dealers of information—personal information—about you and, most likely, everyone you know. If that isn’t terrifying enough, these miscreants are bound by few regulations and it can …

What Exactly Do Data Brokers Know About You?

August 7, 2019
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…

The Billion Dollar Industry You Know Next to Nothing About

June 26, 2019
There is an entire industry out there committed to gathering and selling your personal information. They operate with almost no regulation, and many individuals aren’t even aware of their existence or how their information is being used.  …

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