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Welcome to Alerts.com

We provide a solution to help you regain control of your online privacy. Identify who has access to your personal information, what data they have, and what they are using it for. We're passionate about helping our customers protect their personal information and are experts in protecting your privacy by informing you when your data has been accessed! Alerts.com serves as your first line of defense to protect your privacy. Although we don't know every time a consumer's name is sold, we do monitor tens of millions of consumer transactions per month.

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Personal Data vs. Personal Identifiable Information

There are two main types of information that companies collect from consumers—personal data and personally identifiable information (PII). Both are primarily used to collect payment information and other relevant data from customers. However, it's important to be cautious of what type of information you give out so you can do everything possible to protect the safety and security of your data and avoid identity theft.

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Personal Data

The General Data Protection Regulation defines personal data as any information that is used to directly or indirectly identify a person. A few examples of personal data include:

  • Age
  • Religion
  • Economic Status
  • Race
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Personal Identifiable Information (PII)

Your PII is at risk when a company you do business with suffers a data breach and your information is exposed to a 3rd party. Keep yourself informed as to who has your information so you're prepared if your data is compromised.

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's License Number
  • Bank Account Number
  • Credit Card Number
  • Passport Number

Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I choose Alerts.com?
For businesses we track, we are your trusted source to provide accurate, up-to-date information on who has possession of your personal data, what they’re using it for, and how you can request to be removed from a business’s list.
How do I request my information be removed from a list?
You’ll be able to make the request directly from your Alerts.com account, and we’ll notify the business that you’ve requested they remove your information. We make the process easy to save you time—no more jumping through hoops to protect your privacy.
How long does it take to be removed from a list?

There is no federal data protection legislation in the United States. However, in California, a business has 45 days to remove you from its list after you have made the request. Many other states may remove consumers from a database, but it is not yet the law.

What happens if a company doesn’t remove my name when I ask them to?

If you are a California resident, report any violations of the law to the Attorney General. At this time, only the state of California can assess penalties for a business not removing your information as requested.

What is included in each pricing plan or what is the difference between the two?

Both of our plans provide instant notifications when a business has received your personal information and gives you the option to request removal or deletion from their list. The main difference is the number of emails you can add to our notification service. 

A complete list of features offered for both of our pricing plans can be found on our Notification Services Page.

What exceptions are in place that won’t allow me to be removed from a list?

There are a few situations in which you won’t be able to request removal from a list when businesses are in compliance with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

This includes instances when a business or service provider needs access to your personal information in order to complete the transaction they originally collected that personal information for (providing you with goods or services), or in order to complete a contract between you and that business. 

Why do businesses have my data in the first place and how did they get it?

Your data is collected using your social media accounts, web browser history, shopping habits, and your location using GPS tracking, to name a few. It’s shocking just how much of your personal information businesses can access without your knowledge. Once they have access to that data, they can sell it to advertisers without you ever knowing this has happened to you! Alerts.com allows you to take back your privacy and see exactly who has access to your data.

What is the difference between personally identifiable information and personal information?

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) refers to private information that is specific to you. Some examples of PII include your social security number, health insurance enrollment ID, and credit card number since these are all personally identifiable to you.

Personal information is not specific to you—it also identifies others. This includes your age, religion, or economic status.

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How To Protect Your Privacy By Using PII and Personal Information

When it comes to protecting your personal identity, you can never be too careful. With the evolution of digital technology, there are so many new ways for your private data and information to fall into the wrong hands. It may come as a surprise that there are a few key differences between personally identifiable information (PII) and personal information, even though their names are very similar. When it comes to a business or person who has access to our information, it can make a huge differen

10.16.2020

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How to Protect Your Security and Privacy in the Workplace

When it comes to technology and the workplace, there is a fine line between what can be kept private and what information your employer has the right to access at any time. It may come as a surprise that if you're using a company computer or are connected to their network, the network administrators have the right to access and review your search history, files you've opened, and your downloads. There are a few other guidelines to keep in mind to make sure that you're protecting your privacy in

10.19.2020

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6 Methods Companies Utilize to Access Your Personal Data

It may come as a surprise that your location, shopping preferences, and social media habits are being tracked nearly every day. Many companies are eager to use this valuable information to send you targeted ads and promotions related to your preferences and sell that information to advertisers and other companies. To help you take back your privacy we're sharing six methods companies use to access your persona data without your knowledge.

10.19.2020

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