Josh Browder first hit the headlines for creating software that allows users to challenge parking ticket fines.
The innovation prompted the 21-year-old to adapt the tool to help with problems including disputes with landlords and compensation searches for travellers who lose their flight luggage.
The tech wizard’s app, DoNotPay, became a decisive aid earlier this year to thousands of data breach victims whose personal details had been exposed in the Equifax leak that hit tens of millions of US citizens.
Browder, who hails from the UK, announced his branching into privacy and security sectors last week by revealing DoNotPay will now help users lock privacy settings more easily on their social media accounts, and support victims of data hacks to sue the culpable companies involved.
Josh Browder told the Business Insider website:
“My data was hacked and sold by Cambridge Analytica. 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.”
Inside the application
Browder’s software offers free, automated legal help. After entering their problem into the tool, users are asked situation-specific questions before being show the documentation they need on how best to address their problem. The gadgetry looks able to save huge amounts of time and money for any number of everyday legal quandaries through its deft dodging of the expensive and time-consuming search for accurate professional advice.
Last week’s update divulged a double-faceted update to the software. Privacy is the main concern of the first element, with tweaks enabling users to tap into automated privacy settings to deactivate features such as personalised advertising and to prevent other users from seeing when you are online.
Browder has said that Google will also be added, in a nod to recent revelations of a security breach that affected thousands of Googe+ users.
The tool’s second facet is devoted to retaliating against services that have been hit by a data breach, compromising users’ private details. The information provided can help the victim sue the perpetrating firm, should they wish.
“By providing these services, anyone who can follow simple instructions can now get justice and protect their data. It seems like the only people who are benefitting from data breaches are a handful of lawyers. I hope to replace them all and bankrupt any company that is careless with user data,” Browder said.
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