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Big Ass Data Broker Opt-Out List

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🎫 requires driver’s license (cross out your ID #!)
📫 must use snail mail
💰 site charges money for access or removal (whaaaat?)

Please send corrections or updates to yael@yaelwrites.com. I will add opt-outs where users can verify that the data broker has their information before providing it, and where removal is not limited to GDPR/CCPA/etc.

Disclaimers: Some of these opt-outs take a long time to go through. Sometimes, information is pulled from other sources and you’ll need to opt out multiple times for the same site. Data brokers come and go (and are bought out by others), and they also often change their opt-out pages. I try to update this ~every six months, but it’s not always current. Finally, even opting out of these sites doesn’t mean that your address is secure. In many states, real estate data and voter registration information is public (or easy to obtain). And, of course, location data can be found by physical means (e.g., following you home) and through other people who know it (i.e., social engineering). That said, removing your home address from data broker sites can significantly lower your attack surface and make it harder for people to find it. 💕

Search Engines

If you've been doxed, you can remove your contact info from Google Search and Bing.

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/9554939

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/concern/bing

Google further allows you to remove non-consensual or intimate personal images, involuntary fake pornography, irrelevant pornography from Google search results for your name, content about you on sites with exploitative removal practices, and several other categories of information.

https://support.google.com/websearch/troubleshooter/3111061

People Search Sites

Acxiom

It is hard to find your own info for free, but you can opt out here:

https://isapps.acxiom.com/optout/optout.aspx#section8 (U.S.)

https://isapps.acxiom.com/optout/optout.aspx#section7 (non-U.S.)

https://isapps.acxiom.com/optout/optout.aspx (info)

If you don’t have an email address, call (877) 774-2094 and follow the prompts.

Advanced Background Checks

Search for your information here: https://www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com/. (Remember that you can leave your city and state and your age blank.) If your information shows up, remove your data here: https://www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com/removal

Archives

To find your information, you must sign up for a free trial here:

https://www.archives.com/search/ancestor/checkout(and then cancel)

Opt out here: http://www.archives.com/Optout

🎫 BackgroundAlert

Find your information and opt out here: https://www.backgroundalert.com/optout/.

BeenVerified

Find your information and opt out here:

https://www.beenverified.com/app/optout/search

Opt out of property search here:

https://www.beenverified.com/app/optout/address-search

CheckPeople

Look for your contact info here: https://checkpeople.com/. If it shows up, opt out here: https://checkpeople.com/do-not-sell-info. You will need to fill out a form and captcha, select the record for removal, fill out your name and email, and solve another captcha. You will receive an email which will require you to confirm your opt-out request.

Classmates.com

Cancel your free or paid membership following the instructions here:

https://help.classmates.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002224171-How-can-I-cancel-my-membership-

ClustrMaps

Find your information here: [https://clustrmaps.com/] (https://clustrmaps.com). To remove it, go here: https://clustrmaps.com/bl/opt-out. It will ask you for a mailing address, but doesn’t seem to verify it. It will then ask you to check off anything associated with your account that you want removed.

CocoFinder

Look for your information here: https://cocofinder.com/search. Opt out here: https://cocofinder.com/remove-my-info. It will send you to this Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEgLH9ro7oQR4c0V9E19ug1Gb7wVMrFFSj0Sgx4sjba_ET4Q/viewform.

CyberBackgroundChecks

Find your information here: https://www.cyberbackgroundchecks.com/. If it’s listed, remove it here. https://www.cyberbackgroundchecks.com/removal. You will need to confirm by clicking a link sent via email.

FamilyTreeNow

Search for yourself and remove your information here:

https://www.familytreenow.com/optout

FastPeopleSearch

Look for and remove your information here: https://www.fastpeoplesearch.com/removal. You may need to solve a captcha.

FreePeopleDirectory

Search for your information at https://www.freepeopledirectory.com. If you find it, you can opt out on Spokeo at https://www.spokeo.com/privacy/control.

Homemetry

Look for your home address here: https://homemetry.com/. If your name is listed alongside your address, click on the “information control” link. Opt out of applicable phone numbers and names. There's a limit per each opt out and each email you use to opt out. You will need to click the verification link they email you to finalize the opt out.

IDTrue

Find your information and out here: https://www.idtrue.com/optout/

InfoTracer

Find your information here: https://www.infotracer.com/

You can opt out by filling out this form: https://www.infotracer.com/optout. You can also mail in this form: https://members.infotracer.com/tspec/shared/assets/data_opt_out_form.pdf or fax it to 1-617-933-9946.

InstantCheckmate

Find and remove your information here:

https://www.instantcheckmate.com/opt-out/v2/submit/

Intelius

Find your information here: https://www.intelius.com. Opt out here: https://www.intelius.com/optout. (Intelius owns Addresses.com, Addresssearch.com, Anywho, Classmates, DateCheck, InstantPeopleFinder, iSearch, LookUpAnyone, Peopleconnect.us, PeopleFinder, PeopleLookup, Phonesbook, Publicrecords, Spock, Zabasearch, and possibly US Search.)

📞 MyLife

Find your information here: https://www.mylife.com. Opt out using the following URL: https://www.mylife.com/ccpa/index.pubview. Although this is CCPA-focused, non-California folks have successfully removed their profiles. However, another option is to email your removal request to privacy@mylife.com with your name and a link to your profile. MyLife will try to get you to create an account with a copy of your driver’s license to submit a profile removal request, and we’ve received reports that emailing the info@mylife.com or removalrequests@mylife.com email addresses will require a phone call to (888) 704-1900. Previously, calling that number and pressing 2 allowed you to be removed from MyLife (and Wink.com) after providing your name, age, date of birth, email address, current mailing address, and a previous mailing address, but this no longer appears to be the case. (It also appears that you can sign up for a free membership to remove your reputation profile, though not your personal information such as your home address.)

Nuwber

Find your information here: https://nuwber.com/. Enter the URL of the profile page you found and your email address here: https://nuwber.com/removal/link.

PeekYou

Find your information here: https://www.peekyou.com/ , opt out here: https://www.peekyou.com/about/contact/optout. You will need the letters at the end of your profile’s URL in the "unique ID" field. Make sure to check "remove my entire listing." You can also remove your information from the sites that it says it has aggregated information from.

PeopleByName

Look up your name here: http://www.peoplebyname.com/people. Or, you can fill in your name in the URL like this: http://www.peoplebyname.com/people/[Last_Name]/[First_Name]. Opt out for each record here: http://www.peoplebyname.com/remove.php

PeopleFinders

Find your information here: https://www.peoplefinders.com/ and opt out here:https://www.peoplefinders.com/opt-out (includes Advanced People Search and PublicRecordsNow)

PeopleSearchNow

Find your information and opt out here: https://www.peoplesearchnow.com/opt-out.

PeopleSearchSite

PLook for your information here: https://www.peoplesearchsite.com. Opt out by clicking the link at the bottom of the profile you want to remove. You can also try emailing info@peoplesearchsite.com.

Persopo

Search for your information here: https://persopo.com/search. Cut and paste the text of it (which is hard to do because of the 1990s site format, but is required by the site) and email it along with your opt-out request tosupport@persopo.com. You can also mail your request to Persopo.com, Attention: Opt Out Dept., 848 N. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 20, Las Vegas, NV 89107. (Opt-out instructions are posted here: http://info.persopo.com/opt-out.html).

Pipl

Go to https://pipl.com to find your data. Opt out from Pipl at https://pipl.com/personal-information-removal-request. Then, remove your information from any sites it’s aggregated from. You can also email support at [support@pipl.com] (mailto:support@pipl.com).

Private Eye

Look for your info here: https://www.privateeye.com/ Opt out here: https://www.privateeye.com/static/view/optout/. You can also skip the first part and head to the second. This site will also take you to PeopleFinders, so you can opt out of that, too.

PrivateRecords

Search for your name and state and opt out here: https://www.privaterecords.net/optOut/name/landing.

PublicRecordsNow

Find your information here: [https://www.publicrecordsnow.com/]. Click “opt out” on this form: [https://www.publicrecordsnow.com/static/view/contact/], fill out the form, complete the captcha and send it in.

Radaris

Find your information here: http://radaris.com. Click on "control information" and "remove information" by clicking on the X next to it or by removing specific listings. You can also privatize your account. You unfortunately need to register to remove information, and are limited to removing six items at a time. (I recommend removing items even if you privatize your account because these settings don’t always stick.) Details are here: http://radaris.com/page/how-to-remove

Rehold

Look up your home address here: https://rehold.com/. If there is a number or name next to it you’d like removed, click on the red “remove” button next to it. You will need to enter your name and email address and solve a captcha.

💰 SearchBug

Unfortunately, you have to sign up with a credit card to search for your information at https://www.searchbug.com, though your first search is free. You can contact SearchBug using the contact form or chat link on this page https://www.searchbug.com/contact-us.aspx or via phone or text at (760) 652-4050 or via fax at (760) 454-7341 to to ask them to block the display of your personal information.

SearchPeopleFree

FInd your information here: https://www.searchpeoplefree.com/, making sure to search by name, phone number, address and email address: Opt out here: https://www.searchpeoplefree.com/opt-out.

SearchQuarry

Find your information here: https://www.searchquarry.com/. If it’s listed, opt out here: https://www.searchquarry.com/opt-out/ You will need to click the verification link in your inbox to finalize the opt out.

SmartBackground Checks

Find your information here: https://www.smartbackgroundchecks.com/. Opt out here: https://www.smartbackgroundchecks.com/optout

Social Catfish

Find your information here: https://socialcatfish.com/. Record the URL of each page that has your information. Then, go to https://socialcatfish.com/opt-out/ and scroll down to the instructions for removing URLs, email, phone number, and address. (Make sure to only ask for information to be removed if you already see it on the site.) You’ll need to provide your email address and click on a confirmation link to complete the opt-out process.

Spoke

Find your information here:http://www.spoke.com/. Find the “people site map” on the bottom, and it’ll take you here (with a different initial at the end, depending on your last name): https://www.spoke.com/dir/people/name/a. Click the links to search for your last name. Then do the same for your first name. You will get to a results page. Click each name listing, and suppress it by clicking the "Request Removal" link at the bottom of the page, entering the URL in the contact form it takes you to, and providing your email address. You can also email your removal request to feedback@readwritelabs.com. Unfortunately, Spoke’s opt-out page is working—its link from the FAQ page is dead.

Spokeo

Find your information here https://www.spokeo.com/search and remove your information by entering the URL of the profile you want removed and your email address here: https://www.spokeo.com/optout.

SpyFly

Look for your data here: [https://www.spyfly.com](https://www.spyfly.com. Opt out here: https://www.spyfly.com/help-center/remove-my-public-record. You can also try emailing support@spyfly.com. You’ll need to provide your name, age, address, and email address. As always, we recommend not providing information any service with any information it does not already have.

TruePeopleSearch

Opt out here: https://www.truepeoplesearch.com/removal.

That’s Them

Find your information here: https://thatsthem.com/, if it shows up, try to opt out here: https://thatsthem.com/optout. Do not click on the Dataseal.io link, which is a paid product.

TruthFinder

Find and remove your information at https://www.truthfinder.com/opt-out/v2/submit. Search for your name, click "remove this record," and fill out the information (your name and email address). You can also send your removal request in the mail to TruthFinder, attn: OptOut, 2534 State St., Suite 473, San Diego, CA 92101. If you find your information after you have opted out, contact Truthfinder at (800) 699-8081 or help@truthfinder.com. (More contact information here: https://www.truthfinder.com/about/#contact.)

Unmask

Look for your data here: https://unmask.com/. Opt out here: https://unmask.com/opt-out/.

USA People Search

Find and remove your information at https://www.usa-people-search.com/manage.

United States Phone Book

Search for your information here: https://www.unitedstatesphonebook.com/search.php. If your address is listed and you want it removed, enter the telephone number and zip code listed on the above site in this page https://www.unitedstatesphonebook.com/contact.php.

US Search

Find and remove your information here: https://www.ussearch.com/opt-out/submit/.

USPhoneBook

Look for your number and opt out here:https://www.usphonebook.com/opt-out/.

Verecor

Find your information at https://verecor.com. To opt out, enter the profile URL (along with your name and email) at https://verecor.com/ng/control/privacy. You will need to fill out a captcha, and confirm the email link to finalize your request. If it doesn’t go through, you may need to email assist@verecor.com.

VoterRecords

Go to VoterRecords.com, find your information, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "record opt-out" link. This will lead to an opt-out form, which you’ll need to submit. You may receive a verification link you’ll need to click on to verify your opt-out request.

📞 White Pages

Find your information here: https://www.whitepages.com/, and then opt out here: https://www.whitepages.com/suppression_requests

You will need to provide a phone number and enter an opt-out code when you receive the phone call. Opt-out information is available here: https://support.whitepages.com/hc/en-us/articles/115010106908-How-do-I-edit-or-remove-a-personal-listing. You can also send a request here https://support.whitepages.com/hc/en-us/requests/new. (Including multiple options because these sites have a tendency to disappear.) Sometimes, information is removed from White Pages but not White Pages Premium, so make sure to double-check for your listing. Also, White Pages also owns 411.com, so check for your information there. The opt-out is the same.

Xlek

(formerly Cubib?) Look up your information at https://www.xlek.com/. Opt out at https://www.xlek.com/optout.php. You’ll need to submit a separate opt-out request for each item you’d like removed

� ZoomInfo

Check to see if your information is on ZoomInfo by filling out this form:https://www.zoominfo.com/update/remove. Opt out if it has an email on record—they will email you a code. ZoomInfo appears to have moved towards focusing primarily on business rather than individuals.

Special Circumstances

If you’re a victim of violent crime or identity theft, it’s often possible to opt out of information that others can’t opt out of. You may, however, need to provide court orders or other information. It may be worth checking more complete data broker lists which include those: https://www.privacyrights.org/data-brokers See this resource: https://nnedv.org/mdocs-posts/people-searches-data-brokers/.

If you are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking, you may be able to keep your address private through state programs that provide a substitute address and mail forwarding. To see if a program exists in your state, look up “address confidentiality program” along with the name of your state in a search engine.

If you are a healthcare worker with a National Provider Index (NPI) number, your personal cell phone number or home address may be showing up on various online directories and websites because they were listed as primary contact information when you filled out your NPI profile (or when someone else filled it out on your behalf). Look up your information here: https://opennpi.com/provider/. You can update or remove information by filling out this form: https://opennpi.com/contact. You’ll also need to reach out to any sites aggregating this data, like Doximity, where you may be able to edit or delete your profile.

Preventing Identity Theft & Opting Out of Marketing Sites

📞 Consider freezing your credit

which prevents creditors from accessing your credit report. (It also prevents credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name, but you will receive a pin to unfreeze your credit, if needed.) You will need to provide personal information such as your name, address, date of birth, and social security number to freeze your credit. While you can sometimes initiate this online, it’s better to do it by phone. Fees for freezing your credit vary by state. To freeze your credit, contact:

Explore any privacy options

offered by your state’s motor vehicle department.

Contact your home and mobile phone companies

to see if they offer privacy options, such as not listing your number on caller ID or allowing you to opt out of sales of phone numbers.

Consider opting out of direct marketing and telemarketing.

This list, compiled by Griffin Boyce, has a lot of information on doing so: https://github.com/glamrock/data-brokers/blob/master/data-brokers.md.

You can also opt out of targeted ads using cookies and similar technology at the browser level at https://optout.aboutads.info.

Opt out of prescreened credit offers

Follow the instructions at https://www.optoutprescreen.com/

Get on the Do Not Call Registry

https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx

Paid options

Brand Yourself, DeleteMe, DeleteMeNow, EasyOptOuts, IDX Privacy, Kanary, OneRep, Optery, Privacy Pros, Spartacus, Removaly, Reputation Defender, and Reputation.com all offer different opt-out services. Of these options, I have personally paid for and had good experiences with DeleteMe and Kanary. In general, note that removal services are not comprehensive, as some data brokers do not allow third parties to remove listings, and removal services do not include every data broker on this list, let alone outside of it.

Further reading

Doxing: Tips To Protect Yourself Online & How to Minimize Harm (EFF)

Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information (Fast Company)

New Open Source Project Automates Data Deletion Requests by Email (Consumer Reports' Digital Lab blog)

Personal Data Removal Workbook and Credit Freeze Guide (Michael Bazzell)

Preliminary results are in! CCPA testers provide important insights into the landmark privacy law (Medium/Consumer Reports)