My name is Claudiu Cogalniceanu, founder of FindMyData, an organisation specialised in data and user privacy. FindMyData offers a privacy enhancing service, mData, designed to empower people to take control and make decisions regarding their personal information in the digital environment.
Our mission here at FindMyData, is to make privacy a default feature everywhere. At the moment, our privacy is treated backwards, where you have to opt-out of different data processes. Our plan is to change this to an opt-in, where people could have the opportunity to opt for more personalised ads or for data selling, to name a few.
I was always curious and concerned about my personal information in the digital environment. I always wondered how and why I had so many spam emails and scam attempts, and I started to question how these people obtained my personal data, and from where.
I started researching, and finally I got my answer: I found that companies shared and sold my personal information, and many times it was bought by scammers.
This pushed me to search for a solution to stop getting scammed, and I finally found it. I tested my idea on myself, and after I saw that it worked and I actually started to get less and less spams and scam attempts, I saw the opportunity to share my idea and start helping people facing the same issues as I did.
FindMyData has really developed since its beginning. When I started FindMyData, I offered users the ability to track their personal information and see which companies have, find how they’ve obtained that information, and if the company has shared or sold that personal information to third-parties. Users also had the ability to delete their data from companies they didn’t use anymore or that have obtained that info from sources other than direct. Besides this, people had the option to stop organisations of any type (local councils, private companies, hospitals etc.) from sharing or selling their personal data.
I am proud to say that FindMyData is not a static business, and it continually evolves. This is why, we had an official service launch live streamed online, where I introduced our new and updated service, called mData. With mData we have introduced 2 new features:
In 2021 we have also seen an increase in the number of data breaches/leeks all around the world. This is likely due to the pandemic (again) since most of us have started working from home, which has lead to over 10 billion pieces of information exposed in data breaches. Unfortunately, all of us has been exposed to at least 1 data breach, and, most of the time, we are not informed about these.
This pushed us to add a whole new feature to our mData service, Data breach reports, where we offer our users monthly breach reports and inform them if they have been exposed in any known data breaches.
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Our mission is to make data privacy easier and accessible to everyone.
By achieving our objective, we will be able to raise awareness about our services, and attract new users to our platform.
We are working to change the world for the better and make privacy a default feature everywhere.
We are stronger together.
How will the money be used:
Obviously this is not what we want, but it’s not the end of the world.
Our mission and vision to make privacy a default feature remains our no1 priority. Based on this, we have a few contingency plans in place. Depending on how much we will raise, we will be able to do the following: