Frequently Asked Questions

New to datacy and got questions? Hopefully, we can answer them below!

Is datacy a data mining company or a data broker?

No. datacy is a platform that lets you collect and sell your data directly to businesses. We facilitate data sales by connecting you to the data buyers. However, to protect your privacy and maximize your earnings, we act as a middleman, anonymizing your data and combining it with other similar data on our platform.

No. datacy is a platform that lets you collect and sell your data directly to businesses. We facilitate data sales by connecting you to the data buyers. However, to protect your privacy and maximize your earnings, we act as a middleman, anonymizing your data and combining it with other similar data on our platform.

Why should I use datacy?

By joining datacy you are challenging the current system of ambiguous data practices. We have designed our products to allow individuals to enforce ownership of their data and to encourage businesses to respect data ownership and privacy.

By joining datacy you are challenging the current system of ambiguous data practices. We have designed our products to allow individuals to enforce ownership of their data and to encourage businesses to respect data ownership and privacy.

Who controls the data on the datacy network?

At datacy, data owners are in complete control of what data is collected and sold. datacy will never collect, access or sell any data unless users give us explicit permission to do so.

At datacy, data owners are in complete control of what data is collected and sold. datacy will never collect, access or sell any data unless users give us explicit permission to do so.

Is my data safe with datacy?

All data stored on datacy is secured through multiple layers of asymmetric encryption. By implementing blockchain technology and advanced cryptography, we can ensure that no one can access, use or tamper with your data without your permission (including us!).

All data stored on datacy is secured through multiple layers of asymmetric encryption. By implementing blockchain technology and advanced cryptography, we can ensure that no one can access, use or tamper with your data without your permission (including us!).

What data is collected?

datacy collects browsing data and the data users generate whilst using applications. datacy does not collect sensitive or personal information such as names, addresses, payment information, card details, etc. You can view exactly what has been collected through your dashboard. Users are in complete control of which sites are tracked and what data is collected - you can pause data collection at any time, delete any data that has been collected historically as well as restrict us from collecting data on specific sites.

datacy collects browsing data and the data users generate whilst using applications. datacy does not collect sensitive or personal information such as names, addresses, payment information, card details, etc. You can view exactly what has been collected through your dashboard.

Users are in complete control of which sites are tracked and what data is collected - you can pause data collection at any time, delete any data that has been collected historically as well as restrict us from collecting data on specific sites.

Who can access my data?

No one (including us) can access any user data without the user’s explicit permission. The way we store data makes it only accessible by those who possess the private key to the data, which initially is only provided to the data owner. When the data is sold, the private key to the data is shared with the data buyer, making the data accessible to those who bought it.

No one (including us) can access any user data without the user’s explicit permission. The way we store data makes it only accessible by those who possess the private key to the data, which initially is only provided to the data owner. When the data is sold, the private key to the data is shared with the data buyer, making the data accessible to those who bought it.

How do I know no one is accessing my data without my permission?

Every movement of your data is recorded on an immutable blockchain ledger which can be accessed through your account at any time. If you conduct a transaction on the blockchain, the evidence of such a transaction is extremely difficult to change or fake.

Every movement of your data is recorded on an immutable blockchain ledger which can be accessed through your account at any time. If you conduct a transaction on the blockchain, the evidence of such a transaction is extremely difficult to change or fake.

Can datacy share my data with authorities or anyone else?

No. datacy has no access to user data, and therefore cannot share it with anyone. The data can only be accessed by the owner of the data and those they have shared it with.

No. datacy has no access to user data, and therefore cannot share it with anyone. The data can only be accessed by the owner of the data and those they have shared it with.

What data is sold by datacy?

All data sold on datacy belongs to and is sold directly by the users. datacy acts as a sale facilitator, connecting data buyers with data sellers. We sell data on users’ behalf and with users’ explicit consent. We will never access, use or sell any data unless you explicitly give us permission to do so.

All data sold on datacy belongs to and is sold directly by the users. datacy acts as a sale facilitator, connecting data buyers with data sellers. We sell data on users’ behalf and with users’ explicit consent. We will never access, use or sell any data unless you explicitly give us permission to do so.

How do I sell my data?

The data collected by datacy is automatically listed for sale within the rules you set through your Account Settings.

The data collected by datacy is automatically listed for sale within the rules you set through your Account Settings.

Can I be identified from the data I sell?

No. We remove all personally identifiable information from your data such as your name, address, email address, etc. before any sale. Further, the data is aggregated and sold as datasets which, depending on the buyer’s criteria, may contain 100’s or 1000’s of users’ data collated together.

No. We remove all personally identifiable information from your data such as your name, address, email address, etc. before any sale. Further, the data is aggregated and sold as datasets which, depending on the buyer’s criteria, may contain 100’s or 1000’s of users’ data collated together.

Can I choose who buys my data or what it is used for?

Initially, you will be able to choose what data to sell and the companies you do not want to sell to. As we expand our datastore and it reaches a critical mass, we plan to give you more control of your data.

Initially, you will be able to choose what data to sell and the companies you do not want to sell to. As we expand our datastore and it reaches a critical mass, we plan to give you more control of your data.

How much can I earn by selling my data?

The price of your data is determined through our pricing algorithm which takes account of factors such as what data is on demand, the completeness of your data and how much data you have on sale. Your chances of repeat sales are higher when your online activity covers a diverse range of websites and applications, and you have a lot of data on sale. You can also increase your earnings by completing your profile as that allows us to categorize your data correctly, which will increase its value further.

The price of your data is determined through our pricing algorithm which takes account of factors such as what data is on demand, the completeness of your data and how much data you have on sale. Your chances of repeat sales are higher when your online activity covers a diverse range of websites and applications, and you have a lot of data on sale. You can also increase your earnings by completing your profile as that allows us to categorize your data correctly, which will increase its value further.

Do you keep a record of my sales?

You can access your transaction history at any time on your dashboard. The transaction history includes the details of the data buyers and a breakdown of fees.

You can access your transaction history at any time on your dashboard. The transaction history includes the details of the data buyers and a breakdown of fees.

What is the difference between archived and deleted data?

When you archive data, we remove all access permissions from that data to ensure that no one but you can access it. This includes removing it from sale. Archived data can be restored within 30 days, after which it is permanently deleted. Archived data can also be permanently deleted before the end of the 30 day period through the archived page on your account.

When you archive data, we remove all access permissions from that data to ensure that no one but you can access it. This includes removing it from sale. Archived data can be restored within 30 days, after which it is permanently deleted. Archived data can also be permanently deleted before the end of the 30 day period through the archived page on your account.

Why can’t I restore my deleted data?

When you delete data, it is locked using a one way SHA512/256 cryptographic hash function, meaning that it is not possible to recover deleted data unless you use a brute force approach in an extremely powerful computing environment. So, if you are not sure about whether you will need the data in the future, you should archive it.

When you delete data, it is locked using a one way SHA512/256 cryptographic hash function, meaning that it is not possible to recover deleted data unless you use a brute force approach in an extremely powerful computing environment. So, if you are not sure about whether you will need the data in the future, you should archive it.

Where is my data stored?

datacy has been designed to run on a distributed network. We split your data into many segments, create multiple copies of each segment, encrypt each segment and store these encrypted segments on servers distributed across the globe. This distribution ensures that no single facility holds a complete copy of your data - offering additional protection and security.

datacy has been designed to run on a distributed network. We split your data into many segments, create multiple copies of each segment, encrypt each segment and store these encrypted segments on servers distributed across the globe. This distribution ensures that no single facility holds a complete copy of your data - offering additional protection and security.

What about the metadata- is it also secure?

Metadata related to personally identifiable information is secured and is encrypted using the same methods as your data. Some of the metadata we generate ourselves (such as data categories) is not encrypted because it cannot be used to identify you.

Metadata related to personally identifiable information is secured and is encrypted using the same methods as your data. Some of the metadata we generate ourselves (such as data categories) is not encrypted because it cannot be used to identify you.

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