Are you sick and tired of companies selling your personal data? Consumer Reports has developed an app, “Permission Slip,” that reveals the kind of data that companies collect, trade, and sell. With a simple tap in the app, you can tell those companies “Do not sell my data” or “Delete my account.”
All you need to do is enter your information—name, address, email address(es)—into the app and the app will send the necessary documentation to the company.
The app is free, and you do not need to subscribe to Consumer Reports to use it. It is available in the Apple Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android phones.
How easy is it to use? In less than 10 minutes I made 21 requests, which the app estimates would take 42 hours if I had to navigate each site and make the request manually. How effective is it? Well, the only way to prevent the giants (such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, X) from selling your account is to delete your data and delete your account. So, it’s not perfect, but it’s something.