Remember that file sharing site you created an account on 5 years ago? Did you ever go back and delete your account, or did you just abandon it and never return? If it was the latter, that means you’re still in that company’s database half a decade later! Some data was freely given to a company years ago (and forgotten), but most of it is bought and sold through a massive network of data brokers. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that few people know exists.
Privacy Bee is your partner in data protection. We scrub your personal information from corporate databases so that it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands! We accomplish this by reaching out to corporations and making removal requests on your behalf. With each deletion, your personal data is at less of a risk of being hacked!
Your data is a treasure trove for hackers, scammers, and identity thieves! A smaller digital footprint lowers your risk of being hacked, scammed, or having your identity stolen. For example, if your local grocery store wants to search for new customers, they can easily buy an in-market list of all the people who live within a 20 mile radius of their store. They can then use it to email you, text you, mail you postcards, etc. That’s annoying, but where it becomes REALLY scary is when that grocery store (where you might have never shopped) has a data breach. That data then floods onto the dark web, along with all your personal details (date of birth, legal name, credit score, employment history, political affiliation, and tens of thousands more data points). So you hear about yet another data breach in the news, and the next day you receive a notice about this new credit card you opened. Terrifying!
Every time that you sign up for a newsletter or create an account or purchase something online, your information is stored in a database. Some companies may keep this data for a few days. Others keep it forever. This means that your personal information is scattered all over the internet. And every place that your information is stored is a potential target for hackers!
To reduce your risk of having your data breached and identity stolen, you should reduce the number of places that store your personal data. It’s a simple concept but it takes time (and an extremely sharp memory) to make individual requests to every company you’ve signed up for over the years. We make that process simple and seamless!
Privacy Bee can help delete any data that websites or apps have collected from you while using their service. This could be your name, credit card number, passwords, location, birth date, nationality, email addresses, interests, browsing history, images, purchase history, personal details about your financial situation and debts, whether you own a home and car and much more.
You absolutely can manage your own data privacy! In fact, we highly encourage it! Here’s our detailed guide to manually deleting your personal data from data broker databases. You can usually make requests with individual companies by scrolling down to the footer on each website, and clicking through to follow the instructions.
Obviously, this can take a lot of time. With Privacy Bee, you can spend time doing other things while we protect your personal information from data breaches and identity thieves.
Privacy Bee is $9 a month or $86 per year. The membership covers opt-outs, deletion requests, and continued coverage of new companies added to the database. We aim to add 50 to 100 companies per day to our database. It also includes 24/7 threat monitoring so you’ll know immediately if your data is ever at risk.
We usually process 2-3 data deletion and opt-out requests per user per day, depending on our active workload.
Nope! We’ve done the legwork to create the world’s largest database of data privacy opt outs. We’ll begin processing your removal requests as soon as you sign up. And soon you’ll have more control over which companies we communicate with! That way you can decide which companies can keep your data and which ones can’t.
We’ll need to know who you are before we can make requests on your behalf. That information is encrypted according to industry best practices and will never be sold, shared with third parties or otherwise distributed. We only ask for the information companies require to make these requests, nothing more.
Although it’s not required, we recommend you sign a Limited Power of Attorney so that we have permission to act on your behalf. Our LPOA is extremely limited in scope: it only allows us to act as your representative for communication and make privacy related requests on your behalf (such as requesting data deletions or opt-outs).
We will begin processing your removal requests as soon as you sign up. You can expect up to 3 removal requests per day.
After a removal request is made, we give companies 60 days to respond, a response time which is based on CCPA/GDPR regulations. Then, if we haven’t heard anything at the end of that period, we begin to follow up with the company and continue until we get a response.
In many cases, companies will require confirmation of your identity in order to process any “Do Not Sell/Share My Data” or “Delete My Information” requests. So you’ll need to keep an eye out on your email inbox for follow-up communications from each individual company. Most often, you will be required to verify the validity of our requests by clicking a link in your email.
Remember that if you don’t take this step, your data will not be deleted! there’s nothing we can do to get around this, so you’ll need to confirm directly that these were valid requests.
While we plan to quickly expand globally, today our focus is 100% on the US market.
If you would like us to remove information from multiple names, you’ll need to create an account for each person. For instance, we’ll need one account per family member. That way, we can make removal requests on behalf of each individual family member.
When do you make a Do Not Sell request, you are asking a company to stop selling your personal data for profit. A data deletion request is a request to delete all personal information that a company has in their possession. These are especially important with data brokers, companies that maintain enormous databases of really detailed personal information.
In order to do this work on behalf of customers, we do require their personal information. Since reducing the number of places your data is stored also reduces your risk of exposure during a breach, the tradeoff of giving us your information to act on your behalf is a worthwhile one! On aggregate, users are still reducing their digital footprint.
Safety is our priority. We force SSL across the entire site, which increases security and reduces the risk of a breach on our end. We encrypt all databases according to cybersecurity best practices. We never sell user data. We use a third-party billing system that tokenizes payment information and we don’t store that data anywhere.
Yes. Most people wrongly think you can’t expect privacy on the internet. Some don’t even realize they have a right to privacy at all. The reality is, you have a legal right to protect your data, even if you consent to it being collected. However, protecting your data isn’t easy. It requires you to send legal requests to corporations for data deletion, executing “Right to be Forgotten” clauses, and continually tracking and following-up on unresponsive companies.
Sadly, there is no nationwide privacy law or data deletion standards. It’s frustrating but there is no real way to know if a company has complied with your data privacy request. Really the only thing you can do is monitor your data for breaches. If a company is breached and your information is leaked, then you’ll have a clear indication that this company didn’t do what you asked them to do! If this happens, you may have options to pursue damages.
Reacting to a data breach after the fact means that it is too late to do anything to protect yourself. Learn more about what to do if your data has been breached or stolen by hackers. Privacy Bee is a proactive privacy management solution that protects your personal data before it ends up in the wrong hands!
Also, bookmark our data breach tracker, where we compile data breaches affecting customers in the United States. That way you can stay on top of emerging threats or potential leaks of your personal data!
You can cancel your subscription at any time. Any existing data deletion requests will be canceled and you will no longer have data privacy protection in the future. A cancellation has no effect on past/pending requests.
These are great tools to use in addition to Privacy Bee, but they only act as band-aids to a bigger problem. Your data is already out there, getting stolen, leaked and sold nearly always without your knowledge. Most companies try to sweep these breaches under the rug and it’s not always guaranteed that you’ll know your personal data was put at risk.
By removing your data from corporate databases, you don’t just “block” these spammers, telemarketers and hackers. Instead, you stop them from ever being able to get access to you in the first place. And, unlike these other tools, Privacy Bee doesn’t require software updates, expensive subscriptions or any hidden costs.
Each jurisdiction has its own regulations related to data protection and privacy rights. It’s best to check your local, state, and federal regulations to understand how these laws apply to you. For California residents, know your rights under CCPA.