You’ve probably gotten dozens of emails lately from companies about updated privacy policies. This is because of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation that just went into effect. A lot of tech companies are making it possible to request personal data that it holds about you. But what if you want a copy of your data from multiple companies? This tool can help.
My Data Request
A website called My Data Request works on your behalf to get your data. You can look up the company you want to get your data from. Sometimes a data request involves filling out a form or mailing a letter. So the website has templates you help you draft a request.
After you make a request, send it off. Depending on the company, it can take days or weeks. For example, I requested a copy of the data Apple has on me, and I only got a response to my email with the file today, several weeks later.
My Data Request is completely free to use, and doesn’t collect your personal data. If your data request was successful, let the company know by emailing email@example.com with the subject “Feedback.”