Online Privacy – Removing Your Name From Online Directories

Have you ever done a search for your name on Google? If you haven’t (Of course you have, we all have.) do one now and browse through the results. It can be an eye-opening experience.

One thing you are going to find is results from websites like mylife.com, beenverified.com, or intellius.com. These websites operate on public records but it can be a bit scary to find out just how many of these sites exist and just how much information they have on you. The key to these sites is that they aggregate public data on people into one profile: real estate transactions, court records, Twitter information, etc. This makes it very easy for anyone to get information about you easily.

From my research, all of these sites charge a fee to get access to the full information they have but the charges are nominal and within reach of anyone. I’m not comfortable with my information being easily accessible so I did some research to find out how to get rid of my information from these sites.

One thing to note up front: all of these sites have the disclaimer that even if you remove your information it might reappear at some point because they’re based on public sources. If you start removing your information be aware that you’ll need to recheck the sites periodically.

If you want to remove yourself from these lists and sites you’ve got two options: pay someone, or do it yourself.

The Pay-for Options

There are options out there for those who don’t want to spend their own time removing their information from these websites. One is DeleteMe from Abine. The standard plan covers one person for one year for $129. They do all of the legwork for you.

Another option is PrivacyDuck. They have more extensive removal lists but they also cost a lot more money than DeleteMe. Currently, the plans are $99, $499, and $999. Looking at their website it’s not clear what time period those costs cover but they do cover 2 people.

I’ve included lists from both sites at the end of this post. When you look at them you’ll see why it might not be a bad idea to pay them to do the work for you. There are a lot of websites and it takes a lot of time to go to each one and fill out the opt-out form.

The Free Option

You can also just do the legwork yourself. I’ve provided a list of sites to start with. Essentially every removal is really just two things, one simple, and the other usually simple. First, you’ve got to find the opt-out page for the site/directory. Then you’ve got to either fill out the online form and wait or potentially call a phone number (or even send a letter), and provide the necessary information.

A List To Get You Going

Here is a list of sites that I removed my information from. I started with this list from DeleteMe but found a few others that I’ve added. I found that some of the information on the DeleteMe list was a bit out of date. Some sites they said required phoning in or mailing in an opt-out have since converted to an online form.

More Lists

From DeleteMe:

  1. BeenVerified.com
  2. Intelius.com
  3. LookUp.com
  4. LookUpAnyone.com
  5. MyLife.com
  6. PeekYou.com
  7. PeopleFinder.com
  8. PeopleFinders.com
  9. PeopleLookUp.com
  10. PeopleSmart.com
  11. PhonesBook.com
  12. PrivateEye.com
  13. PublicRecords.com
  14. Public-Records-Now.com
  15. Spoke.com
  16. Spokeo.com
  17. USA-People-Search.com
  18. USIdentify.com
  19. USSearch.com
  20. Veromi.com
  21. Wink.com
  22. WhitePages.com
  23. ZabaSearch.com

From Privacy Duck VIP Service:

  1. 411.com
  2. 411Locate.com
  3. AccountancyCA.com
  4. Addresses.com
  5. AddressSearch.com
  6. AdvancedBackgroundChecks.com
  7. AlarmsCalifornia.org
  8. AllAreaCodes.com
  9. AmericanListCounsel (ALC)
  10. AmericaPhoneBook.com
  11. AmeriDex.com
  12. AncientFaces.com
  13. AnyWho.com
  14. Archives.com
  15. Arivify.com
  16. AutoRepairCA.org
  17. Acxiom.com
  18. BackgroundAlert.com
  19. BackgroundReport360.com
  20. BeenVerified.com
  21. BlockShopper.com
  22. BRBPublications.com
  23. CaliforniaBrokers.org
  24. CaliforniaEngineering.org
  25. CaliforniaLicensing.org
  26. CaliforniaNursing.org
  27. CaliforniaPharmacists.org
  28. CaliforniaSecurity.com
  29. CellPhoneRegistry.com
  30. Check-Caller.com
  31. CIS (Customer Information Systems)
  32. ClassFinders.com
  33. Centerex.com
  34. City-Data.com
  35. ContractorsCalifornia.org
  36. CourtRecords.org
  37. CourtRegistry.org
  38. Criminal-Records.org
  39. CriminalRecords.com
  40. CriminalPages.com
  41. DeathRecords.org
  42. DentistsCalifornia.org
  43. DataLogix / Oracle
  44. DexKnows.com
  45. DirectMail.com
  46. DMAChoice.org
  47. DogPile.com
  48. DoNotCall.gov
  49. EBureau.com
  50. EMailFinder.com
  51. EMailTracer.com
  52. EveryDayLookUp.com
  53. FamilyTreeNow.com
  54. FindMyPast.com
  55. FireArmsCalifornia.org
  56. FLVoters.com
  57. FreeBackgroundCheck.us
  58. FreeEmailTrace.com
  59. FreePhoneTracer.com
  60. FreePeopleDirectory.com
  61. GovBackgroundChecks.com
  62. GovernmentRegistry.org
  63. GovRegistry.us
  64. Homemetry.com
  65. Identity.com
  66. IDStrong.com
  67. IDTrue.com
  68. Inflection.com
  69. InfoPay.com
  70. InfoRegistry.com
  71. IntelRegistry.com
  72. InstantCheckmate.com
  73. InstantPeopleFinder.com
  74. Inteligator.com
  75. Intelligence @ TowerData.com
  76. Intelius.com
  77. IQData.com
  78. LexisNexis.com
  79. LookUp.com
  80. Lycos.com
  81. MarriageRecords.org
  82. MashPanel.com
  83. MelissaData.com
  84. MyHeritage.com
  85. MyLife.com
  86. MyRelatives.com
  87. Neighbor.Report
  88. NDB.com
  89. NJParcels.com
  90. NotariesCalifornia.com
  91. Number2Name.com
  92. Nuwber.com
  93. OKCaller.com
  94. OptOutPreScreen.com
  95. PCH.com (Publisher’s Clearing House)
  96. PhoneDetective.com
  97. PhoneRegistry.com
  98. PeekYou.com
  99. PeepDB.com
  100. PeopleByName.com
  101. PeopleFinder.com
  102. PeopleFinders.com
  103. PeopleLookUp.com
  104. PeopleSearch14.com
  105. PeopleSearchNow.com
  106. PeopleSifter.com
  107. PeopleSmart.com
  108. PeopleSpy.com
  109. PeopleVerified.com
  110. Persopo.com
  111. Pipl.com
  112. PhoneBook.com
  113. PhoneBooks.com
  114. PhoneDetective.com
  115. PhoneOwner.com
  116. PublicRecords.com
  117. PublicRecords360.com
  118. PublicRecordsChecks.com
  119. PublicRecords.Directory
  120. PublicRecordsNow.com
  121. PublicRecordSpy.com
  122. PublicWhitePages.com
  123. PrivateEye.com
  124. Premium.WhitePages.com
  125. Profilogical.com
  126. Pub360.com
  127. Radaris.com
  128. Records.Estate
  129. RecordsAuthority.com
  130. RetroSleuth.com
  131. Reunion.com
  132. ReverseGenie.com
  133. ReverseMobile.com
  134. ReverseNumberDatabase.com
  135. ReversePhoneLookUp.com
  136. ReversePhoneCheck.com
  137. SalesSpider.com
  138. StateRecords.org
  139. SearchBug.com
  140. SuperPages.com
  141. Spokeo.com
  142. SpyFly.com
  143. TennHelp.com
  144. TelephoneDirectories.us
  145. ThatsThem.com
  146. TheIdentityPages.com
  147. ThePublicRecords.com
  148. TowerData.com
  149. TrueRep.com
  150. TruthFinder.com
  151. Trustoria.com
  152. USA.com
  153. USABackground.com
  154. USA-People-Search.com
  155. USAProfilePages.com
  156. VisualWho.com
  157. VeriSpy.com
  158. Veromi.com
  159. Vin.Place
  160. WhitePages.com
  161. WhitePagesGoesGreen.com
  162. WhitePages.Plus
  163. WhoWhere.com
  164. YellowBook.com
  165. YellowPages.com
  166. YellowPagesGoesGreen.com
  167. YourPublicProfile.com
  168. ZabaSearch.com

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