What should I know about how the Optery Limited Power of Attorney for Authorized Agent works?
Making Optery your Authorized Agent by Limited Power of Attorney is Optional, but highly recommended to maximize the effectiveness of Optery's removal requests
Some data brokers reject requests from data removal services such as Optery that do not include a signed Limited Power of Attorney authorizing the requests. In response, Optery provides functionality that enable our customers to execute a signed Limited Power of Attorney that appoints Optery as their Authorized Agent for submitting data rights requests.
Here's what to know:
To set it up, you can follow our Help Desk article with step-by-step instructions and screenshots: Signing the Limited Power of Attorney to make Optery your Authorized Agent for data broker removals
Signing the Limited Power of Attorney is Optional, but highly recommended. This is a requirement many data brokers have put forth, without which, some removals requests from personal data removal companies like Optery are rejected. Signing the agreement dramatically improves the scope and scale of Optery's data broker removals effectiveness. We are adding more and more data brokers to our list of covered by the Limited Power of Attorney regularly.
Unfortunately, there is a catch-22 where in order to opt out of data broker sites, you must first tell them who you are so they can remove you (learn more). Optery always attempts to send only the minimum amount of information necessary to remove you. That said, the Limited Power of Attorney always includes your location of residence, full name, and age. So, at a minimum, that information will always be sent to all data brokers configured for the delivery of requests authorized by the Optery Limited Power of Attorney. If you are not comfortable with this, please do not sign the Optery Limited Power of Attorney.
The reason the Power of Attorney agreement is referred to as "Limited" is because the powers it grants to Optery are "limited" in nature and only authorize Optery to submit and manage data rights requests for the purpose of delivering the Optery service. It is not a general purpose or durable Power of Attorney with scope beyond the delivery of the Optery service. Make sure to read and understand the full text of the Limited Power of Attorney agreement before signing it.
If you live in a state that's enacted a data privacy law with opt out rights (e.g. the California Consumer Privacy Act), Optery sends customized requests to data brokers specifically referencing your state-specific privacy rights.
Optery does not currently share the list of data brokers that require the Limited Power of Attorney as this is considered proprietary information.
There is no additional cost involved to use the Limited Power of Attorney appointing Optery as your Authorized Agent.
You can revoke the Limited Power of Attorney at any time by clicking “Revoke Limited Power of Attorney” on the Limited Power of Attorney page.
You can further strengthen the efficacy of your data broker removals by submitting a redacted copy of your government issued ID to Optery (learn more). Submitting a copy of your ID is often used in conjunction with the Limited Power of Attorney and Authorized Agent process.
Updated on: 13/11/2023