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You Got a DNA Test Kit: Now What? Staying Private with Ancestry DNA, 23andMe

Concerned about your privacy while using a DNA test from Ancestry DNA, 23andMe, or other DNA testing company? You should be. Use this guide to stay private while using at-home DNA test kits. DNA Testing Can Seriously Compromise Your Privacy This holiday season, at-home DNA test kits were once again one of the most popular […]

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Featured Data Broker – Whitepages: Opt-Out and Learn More

Whitepages is a data broker site that posts your personal information online.  Use this guide to complete an Whitepages opt-out and remove your information, or use DeleteMe to opt-out of all major data brokers for you.

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Ancestry DNA: Protect Your Privacy and Delete Your Account

Using Ancestry’s genealogy services and DNA testing could put your privacy at risk. Because of their wealth of genealogy and personal information, they are worse for your privacy than competitors like 23andMe, Helix, and MyHeritage. For the past few years, DNA testing kits have been one of the most popular holiday gifts–over Black Friday and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Adam Tanner and Big Data: Your Medical History Privacy May be Compromised

We originally published this post on our Online Privacy Blog, but we’ve updated it here as the story has progressed. (Originally published January 31, 2017.) Most of us know friends or relatives with serious mental conditions, or we ourselves are coping with them, whether they are mental health, cancer, or other conditions. What many of […]

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The Equifax Data Breach and Identity Protection

It’s not just Equifax.  The entire industry is full of itself, corrupt, and hawking services with close to zero value.  It’s hard to find the perfect words, but the best descriptor for current identity protection is probably simple: “insurance fraud”. The problem of managing our identity online is real – we live increasingly digital lives […]

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Jane Doe Wins Lottery and Her Privacy

We originally published this post on our Online Privacy Blog, but we’ve updated it here as the story has progressed. (Originally published February 16, 2018.) After winning an astonishing $560 million in the Powerball Lottery, a New Hampshire woman became the subject of intense stress as she refused to give up her anonymity. It’s a […]

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Vermont, California Pass Privacy Laws

We originally published this post on our Online Privacy Blog, but we’ve updated it here as the story has progressed. (Originally published: May 30, 2018) In May 2018, Vermont became the first U.S. state to regulate data brokers that buy and sell personal information of consumers. Until now, major data brokers like Whitepages, BeenVerified, and […]

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