Spokeo

Posted: April 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Stop what ever you’re doing and click here. Type in your name and you will most likely find your phone number, your address, your age range, who lives at the address with you, etc. I know, creepy and it’s all free public information. They even had a picture of my house! They had what I thought was a lot of information for someone who’s only 18. I then looked up my mom and holy crap. I was so shocked I immediately looked up how to remove us from the website. You can, if you want and they don’t make you jump through hoops. It makes you wonder how they got the information in the first place. Although we technically have some “privacy” rights, in this day in age “privacy” doesn’t exist online. There are websites that you are a member of that sell your information to companies for money. It is almost impossible to have your information completely erased once it is published. Imagine a day where every detail about you is published from what kind of car you drive to what you had for breakfast: although someone people already willingly post that information.

How do I remove my information from Spokeo’s search results?

Spokeo respects your privacy, and you can easily opt out of Spokeo’s public search if desired.  Please note that since the information aggregated by Spokeo is publicly available, opting out of Spokeo does NOT remove the information from its original sources, which are hundreds of additional websites. You can remove the search results derived from performing any Name, Reverse Phone or Reverse Email searches here.

To remove your Name/Phone/Email Listing(s):

1. Locate the listing to remove (for name listings, please select the state, city, then exact profile match)
2. Copy the URL (the URL can be found on the top of your browser and should look something like “http://www.spokeo.com/search?q=Smith%20Sample#Sample:1219812367”)
3. Go to http://www.spokeo.com/privacy
4. Paste the URL
5. Provide your email address (this acts as a verification process for the confirmation to be sent to your Inbox) and Captcha Code (Image Verification Code)
6. Check you Inbox for the confirmation email, and click on the link on the bottom to complete the removal process.
7. The directory listing will become flagged and will be removed within 1 business day.

I did the above steps and both me and my mom are now removed from the site. However, there are plenty more websites just like this one and some that don’t even make it possible for you to remove your information. Personally, I feel like these websites should get permission from us, before they post our information.  It shouldn’t be our responsibility to find out about the websites and then request privacy.

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