Mozilla has introduced an improved version of its privacy monitoring service with a paid subscription called Mozilla Monitor Plus. For $8.99 per month as part of an annual subscription, the service will automatically monitor more than 190 brokerage sites that sell information collected from online sources such as social networks, apps and trackers. If the information is found, the service will generate a request to delete it.
Mozilla Monitor product manager Tony Cinotto said Mozilla is partnering with Onerep to perform these scans and subsequent takedown requests. Requests typically take 7 to 14 days to process, but sometimes automatic deletion of information may not be possible. Mozilla will continue to improve its service and will also provide Mozilla Monitor Plus subscribers with instructions for self-deletion.
The new paid subscription, Mozilla Monitor Plus, builds on the free dark web monitoring Mozilla Monitor (formerly Firefox Monitor), a service that Mozilla first introduced in 2018. According to Mozilla, users of the free version of Basic Monitor can continue to receive free on-demand data broker scanning, ongoing automatic monthly scanning, and one-time deletion requests.
Mozilla says that when a user scans an Internet data broker, they can discover a huge amount of personal information, ranging from name, home address and professional background to children’s criminal records, hobbies or educational institutions.
Services for searching and deleting personal data are quite common, but they have not gained wide popularity, so searching for them can most likely lead to a fraudulent site. This is where Mozilla’s reputation as a subsidiary of the privacy-conscious, non-profit Mozilla Foundation can help.
Mozilla Monitor Plus is now available for $8.99 per month, while the standard Mozilla Monitor remains free. Over the past few years, Mozilla has offered other privacy-focused services such as Mozilla VPN and Firefox Relay.