Automated legal tool DoNotPay is trying to help people lock down their online privacy settings and sue companies that get hacked.
Created by 21-year-old entrepreneur Joshua Browder, DoNotPay started out by helping users challenge parking tickets.
It has since expanded into more than a thousand new areas, from getting flight discounts to assisting with landlord disputes.
First Joshua Browder went after parking tickets, building a bot that helped hundreds of thousands of users challenge their fines.
Then, the 21-year-old student broadened his focus, expanding into everything from landlord disputes to chasing compensation for lost luggage on flights.
In 2018, Browder took aim at Equifax after a data breach exposed the personal data the firm held on tens of millions of Americans, and his app DoNotPay was used to help file 25,000 lawsuits against the company.
The British entrepreneur is now expanding into privacy and data security. On Wednesday, he announced that DoNotPay will now help users easily lock the privacy settings on their social media accounts — and help sue those companies that expose users’ data through hacks and breaches.
“My data was hacked and sold by Cambridge Analytica,” he told Business Insider in an email, referring to this year’s Facebook security scandal. “At the time, it seemed like data breaches were uncommon. However, in the past year, it has become the most requested feature to add to DoNotPay.
“The mistakes companies like Equifax are making, such as not encrypting data, are mistakes a high school Computer Science student would avoid. I want to punish these companies for their incompetence and protect people from having their data sold.”
So how does DoNotPay work?
DoNotPay is a tool that provides automated, free legal assistance. The user writes in what they need help with, and they’re then asked relevant questions before being given appropriate documentation or guidance on how to tackle …read more
Source:: Business Insider