PrivacyBot, a simple way to start exercising your privacy rights.
PrivacyBot is a free and open-source way to delete your data from an exhaustive list of data brokers and people search sites.
The largest statewide privacy law change in a generation, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect in January 2020. However, exercising these privacy rights is a tricky business even for privacy experts. A survey we conducted within a few privacy-related subreddits showed that tracking down data brokers is “a huge pain in the [neck]”.
We introduce “PrivacyBot”, a simple way to start exercising your privacy rights. Our deliverables include:
- A fully open-source local-only system that automatically routes data delete requests to data brokers and people search sites
- User experience research reports about current CCPA processes and feedback
- Shareable insights and data visualizations about the request process
The creation of PrivacyBot is deeply interdisciplinary. Leveraging our diverse background in cybersecurity, engineering, user experience research, and data science:
- We applied both qualitative and quantitative user research to determine the target audience and product space
- We utilized our engineering skills to build the API that can be downloaded and run on a consumer's local machine and a Graphic User Interface (GUI) to support the service
- We leveraged our data visualization skills to tell the story to state regulators
Together, nearly every major career track that can be furthered through an I School education is represented in the production of this project.