Updated at 1:30pm PT on 8/9: I received an email this morning that Discover “helped remove 3 private data records”. From start to finish, the entire process took about 2 weeks from initial scan to data records removed. Scroll to the bottom to see the update.
Updated at 4:30pm PT on 7/28: I logged into my Discover app today and saw that 1 of my requests was already completed. That was really fast! Scroll to the bottom to see the update.
Good afternoon everyone. I received an interesting email from Discover yesterday about a new credit card benefit called Online Privacy Protection. I know online privacy is not super sexy, but I decided to check it out and see if it was something useful. With all the data breaches and hacks / leaks out there, I know it’s impossible to get all of my personal info back, but if I can make it harder for hackers and scammers to get my info, I’m all for it.
Long story short, Discover uses a third party service that scans the 10 most popular “people-search” websites for your personal info, based on the personal info that Discover has on file for you. If you have ever searched a person’s name on Google, you will usually see 4-5 “people-search” websites at the top of the search results. These websites aggregate data and show your name, age, address, email address, and relatives. They make money by selling your data to marketers and data brokers. With Discover’s Online Privacy Protection service, you can request to have the service reach out to these websites and remove your personal info. I’ll share the FAQs with you and show you what it found for me.