Egg founders offer data tracking service

A personal data tracking service has been launched by start-up Garlik, set up by the founders of internet bank Egg.

A personal data tracking service has been launched by start-up Garlik, set up by the founders of internet bank Egg.

DataPatrol uses semantic web technology to help individuals track their personal data across the internet, through key public records and commercial databases, including credit profiles. 

It provides users with a monthly report detailing what information appears where and offering an assessment of how vulnerable the individual might be to ID theft.

The product is the first launch from Garlik, set up by former Egg chief executive Mike Harris and former chief information officer Tom Ilube. The firm will specialise in protecting consumers from online fraud and ID theft.

Garlik chairman Mike Harris said the company had prioritised products to tackle ID fraud, but later aimed to offer services to help consumers take control of their information.

The company has appointed an advisory panel of experts including Mark Opzoomer, former managing director of Yahoo Europe, Simon Davies, director of Privacy International and privacy lawyer Daniel Cooper.

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