Most people have received a vague breach notification letter telling them their personal information is at risk. These unhelpful letters do not give victims the information they need to protect themselves, and many never get a notification letter at all.
A public service by Identity Finder, LLC, Identityfinder.org provides more than a million free Personal Privacy Reports (PPRs) to individuals whose personal information has been publicly exposed. Each PPR describes in detail what personal information has been exposed, under what circumstances, who is responsible, and the contact information of those responsible.
One of the cruel ironies of data breaches is that only the breaching organization knows what happened, and they have the strongest incentive to hide or skew the details of the breach. Many organizations never report breaches to victims, much less issue a press release, regardless of local breach notification laws. Even the most well-intentioned and reputable organizations often issue vague, incomplete, blame-shifting or liability-reducing press releases that do little to inform or empower victims. Until Identityfinder.org, victims have never heard the whole story.
Identityfinder.org empowers individuals to control the spread and abuse of their own identities by providing an unprecedented amount of detailed data breach documentation. Empowering victims to be their own advocates, identityfinder.org documents the types of information exposed, without revealing sensitive personal information.
Our goals are to:
Daily media reports chronicle personal information breaches by organizations of all sizes and types. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse estimates that since January, 2005 there have been hundreds of millions of records compromised, exposed, or stolen. In addition to these reported breaches, hundreds of thousands of exposed records go unreported. A victim's right to full disclosure of the details surrounding a breach is at the heart of identityfinder.org.
Though this website only covers a small percentage of the total number of reported breaches (roughly 0.1%), your Personal Privacy Report measures severity of personal information breaches by four key indicators:
This website is not designed to:
Identityfinder.org launched on April 18, 2011. Much of the database was acquired from the Liberty Coalition's project "National ID Watch," which first launched on July 18, 2007.
Identityfinder.org is funded by Identity Finder, LLC, where consumer protection is in our DNA. The website is a public service designed to support our core mission of eliminating personal information breaches while empowering individuals. We encourage you to download the free version of Identity Finder to search for personal information on your home computer.