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Startup Helps Consumers Erase Personal Data

BIG DATA—U.S.

July 23, 2012

The Boston Globe reports on a startup company that aims to help consumers delete personal information held about them by online websites and businesses. For an annual fee, Abine, Inc., analyzes at least 20 data sources—from sites containing basic data such as age and address to sites possessing information such as credit histories, divorce records or criminal histories—for the purpose of scrubbing the data off the Internet. Company analyst Sarah Downey said, “You’re never going to be able to completely delete yourself, but you can reduce your profile.”
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