Abine fans, want to talk to the press?


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talking to the pressHello, blog readers and privacy tool users. Journalists often come to us to ask our expert opinion on privacy news, and one of the most common requests they have is whether they can talk to our customers. Hearing from real people about why privacy matters to them can take a news article from just okay to personalized and great.

We’re pretty sure that some of you out there would be willing to talk to the press about why you care about privacy, why you use Abine tools, etc., but we don’t know who you are! Because we’re a privacy company and we take your privacy very seriously, we don’t have your contact information. And if we do (for instance, if you’re a subscriber to one of our paid services like DeleteMe), we feel weird contacting you for things other than your order.  

So if you’re reading this and you’re willing to talk to journalists every once in a while to comment on privacy, please let us know! The usual types of topics you’ll be asked about include your feelings on online trackers, why privacy is important to you, your personal experiences with privacy issues, and what you think about Abine’s privacy tools.

Just email me directly at Sarah [at] Abine [dot] com and answer these quick questions in the body of your email (and I’ll only use what you send me to help with press interviews). Please do not leave your response as a comment on this blog post; comments are public and everyone will be able to see them.

1. How much are you comfortable disclosing about yourself to the reporter?
A. I’m willing to talk, but not give my real name
B. I’m willing to talk with my real name, but not go on video
C. I’m willing to talk to reporters on video

2. Which Abine tools and services do you use? List all that apply:
B. DeleteMe
C. MaskMe
D. Older products/other

3. What contact information are you okay with us giving the reporter in order to reach you? Please provide the info you’re okay with us giving them (e.g., if you say “phone,” then we’d need your phone number):
A. Email
B. Phone number
C. Both

4. (Optional) Is there a specific privacy concern that led you to start using our products or pay more attention to your personal info online (e.g., you’re a new graduate looking for a job, a survivor of domestic violence, or a victim of identity theft)?

We realize that plenty of people aren’t comfortable speaking to the press or being on camera, and that’s completely fine. But for those of you who aren’t afraid of a little publicity, we’d love to hear from you!

7 Replies to “Abine fans, want to talk to the press?”

  1. Prof Wolford says:

    I do not trust the press any more than the Google or the Government…not that there is a difference.
    1. any of the above if my identity is disguised
    2. DNTM and I’m getting ready for the overpriced total wipe
    3. All of the above, but my ears really perked up when the SEC gave Google a license to do what ENRON was doing. That clinched it but good.

    • Sarah Downey says:

      Thanks! I just want to clarify that DNTMe will always be free, if that’s what you’re referring to in point #2.

  2. Jane Doe says:

    I am so concerned about the intrusion into my privacy by the information data brokers that I have filed two complaints with the Better Business Bureau and two complaints with the Federal Trade Commission about two companies: radaris.com and mylife.com that are refusing to let me opt-out of their databases. I am awaiting the outcomes from the BBB. I recently filed a BBB complaint against ancestry.com because they were selling my deceased sister’s social security number on their website for ten dollars, which I presume they got from the Social Security Administration Master Death Index file. It is my understanding that the SS Master Death File was created by the government to aid banks, credit unions, etc…, to prevent identify theft of deceased people’s social security numbers, yet my deceased sister’s SS# turned in the Google search results for sale by ancestry.com. I won my complaint against ancestry.com because they removed her information from their website. It is an online jungle out there! Just the other day, I told another information data broker website that I was going to file a complaint with the FTC if they did not remove my information after repeated op-out requests from me. They removed my information from their website the very next day, but some of these information data brokers are not so accommodating. When I spoke to a representative from the FTC last week, she told me that these information data brokers have to let people op-out if they wish, but both radaris.com and mylife.com are playing games with me, which is why I filed the complaints. I would be happy to speak to the media, but my identify has been so exposed by these two information data brokers that I would hesitate to give my real name because they have made me paranoid. It is tough when your street address and birthdate are available for all the world to see courtesy of these two websites. I am looking for a good company that can help me to protect my identify because as everyone knows these data information brokers will keep posting your personal information about every three months. This problem is really of such huge proportions that no one person can keep on top of it anymore. There is the use of public information for which it was intended and the misuse of public information for commercial gain exposing people unnecessarily to possible identity theft and stalkers. From what I am told, all a good identity thief really needs is a name, address, and a birthdate to find out a person’s social security number. No wonder there is such rampant identity theft in this country with up to 200 information broker type websites listed on the FTC website operating with virtually no regulation. Congress really needs to toughen up the laws regarding this. Forgive for using Jane Doe as my name, but these information data brokers are making me afraid to even use my real name online anymore. I have noticed that many people are no longer using their real names on Facebook. Isn’t it sad that it has come to this?!? I would be curious to hear what problems other people are having with the information data brokers and their concerns about privacy. I would be willing to bet that protection of people’s online privacy will become the next multi-million industry. Thank you for listening!

  3. Mrs. Kang says:

    Dear Ms. Doe,
    I can actually appreciate you using a false identity posting anything. I just learned of Albine, Inc. and their efforts to affect online privacy today. I have been offline since Win ’98, so I had no idea the extent to which disrespect for privacy has gotten out of hand. I sure got a surprise when my son gave me this laptop for Christmas. (had my computer identity “hijacked” last week) The point I wanted to make is this: I am so sorry you have to suffer through and be victimized by the powers that be in our social structure. May I suggest, if you can, take 2,3, 4 days or a week and go to the countryside. Rent a room in someone’s home who does that sort of thing) if you are not rich and just spend time taking hikes, go to a bookstore or the library, have a piece of pie at a cafe, take long soaking bubble baths with lit candles, take yourself on a picnic. You sound like you need to refresh, renew and pamper yourself. De-stress. Hope you don’t take offense with my interest but you sound like a nice lady that is fighting the good fight.
    Additionally, my reason to take interest in online privacy at all. Tomorrow my granddaughter graduates from high school and then off to college this fall. After reading the many articles at this site she and her generation will face tougher challenges than I ever did trying to get a start creating a life. She lives thousands of miles from me. This evening, the eve of her graduation, I sent her an e-mail with links to this website and hopefully, the “good advice” that I had always hoped to give one so young, just getting started. She wants to go to law school and I don’t want the typical actions of the college experience to ruin her life before she’s 23. I believe the shared knowledge from the Albine people here can help her more than anything else I have seen online in 20 years. I wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences. I believe she can learn from your story as well. I can always hope she becomes an attorney with privacy issues as a focus. Hope you do well dealing with these problems and are able to overcome them. My best to you.

  4. Concerned says:

    If you’ve had trouble with radaris.com and mylife.com, please file a complaint on the Privacy Right’s Clearhouse website. It takes 5 min and you can do it anonymously. They will use your story along with others they compile to go to the FTC for you, and they have more clout than individuals like you or me. I have also been blown off by these same companies and we need to work together to hold them accountable for what they’re doing when they violate their own opt out and privacy policies. (BTW, I am not affiliated with PRC.) Thanks.

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