The new Mozilla Monitor service automatically removes your personal information from data broker sites

The new Mozilla Monitor service automatically removes your personal information from data broker sites

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Mozilla today is introducing a new subscription service that will help people locate and remove their personal and sensitive information from data broker sites across the web. The company says this includes the ability to scrape your phone number, email, home address and other information that is displayed on data brokers’ websites and sold for profit.

The new subscription-based service is being offered as part of Mozilla Monitor (formerly Firefox Monitor), originally a free service that notifies you when your email is part of a data breach. A newly added optional subscription, Monitor Plus, will allow more than 10 million current Mozilla Monitor users to run scans to see if their personal information has been leaked, then provide users with the tools to help make that information private again.

Currently, the process of removing information from data broker sites can be complex and confusing. Most sites have an opt-out page where you can fill out a form to request that your information be removed, or you can contact the broker directly to request it. But people often don’t know who has their information or how to go about removing it once they find it online.

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Mozilla Monitor aims to make this process easier by proactively searching through 190 data broker sites known to sell people’s personal and private information. If it detects data you’ve provided to Mozilla — such as your name, location, and date of birth — on any of these sites, it will initiate a removal request on your behalf. Mozilla notes that the process can take a day or up to a month. This feature is part of the new $13.99 per month Monitor Plus subscription, which drops to $8.99 per month if you purchase an annual subscription ($107.88 per year).

Free users will instead have the option to perform a one-time scan of data broker sites, but will have to follow the necessary steps to manually remove their information. This will likely help sell them to the new subscription service, as they offer automatic removals of this tedious process. Both free and paid users will also continue to receive alerts about data breaches, as before, and will be offered tools to fix those high-risk breaches.

“When we launched Monitor, our goal was to help people discover where their personal information might be exposed. Now, with Monitor Plus, we’ll help people recover Their exposed data from data broker sites trying to sell it.” “Our long-standing commitment to putting people’s needs first and our easy step-by-step process make Monitor Plus unique. Additionally, we combine breach alerts and data disintermediary to deliver a comprehensive protection tool and make it easier for people to feel safe online.”

To initiate a scan, users provide Mozilla with their first and last name, city, current state, date of birth, and email. This information is encrypted and follows Mozilla’s privacy policy. Using this information, Mozilla performs a scan to show you where your personal information has been exposed, including through data breaches and broker sites. The company notes that 233 million people were affected by data breaches in 2023 alone, making such a tool essential these days.

Mozilla Monitor Plus subscribers will benefit from monthly scans and automatic removal. The company says that the free scan and paid service will initially be offered to users in the United States only.

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