Fjernelse af hvide sider - Sådan fjernes dine oplysninger fra Spokeo Search, WhitePages, MyLife, People Finder og mere (2020-vejledning)

Vidste du, at der er en super skitseret underverden af ​​websteder, der sælger dine personlige data til uanset hvilken uhyggelig rando vil betale for det?

Selvom du ikke er på sociale medier, kan tilfældige stalker-typer få adgang til alle slags fakta om dig, herunder:

  • Din alder
  • Din forholdsstatus og ægteskabshistorie
  • E-mail-adresser og telefonnumre, du har brugt
  • Steder, du har boet, og din nuværende adresse
  • Eventuelle retlige poster, du har (inklusive billetter og anholdelser)
  • Og endda information om dine børn. Dine børn!

Det hele er super uhyggeligt, og i enhver sund verden ville dette være ulovligt. Men det ser ud til at være i det mindste semi-lovligt. Dette er en industri på flere milliarder dollars, vi taler om.

Du har måske hørt om Equifax, Experian, Transunion og andre "datamæglere". Disse er ret forankrede og arbejder endda sammen med den amerikanske regering.

Men der er en hel kategori af data-mæglere, som du måske ikke har hørt om, som ruller alle dine private data op i moderne SaaS-platforme og derefter sælger dem til alle, der er villige til at plukke ned et månedligt gebyr.

Sådan fjernes dine data fra disse People Finder-websteder

Den gode nyhed er, at du kan fravælge mange af disse websteder med en enkelt e-mail-bekræftelsesproces.

I denne artikel vil jeg lede dig gennem, hvordan du fravælger nogle af de største i et enkelt møde. Specifikt:

  • Spokeo
  • People Finder
  • People Finders
  • PrivateEye.com
  • MyLife.com
  • Intelius
  • Kig dig
  • Blev verificeret
  • Og bedstefar af dem alle: WhitePages.com

Husk, at der er snesevis af disse websteder, og nye dukker op hvert år. Det eneste langsigtede svar på dette vil være at presse den amerikanske regering til bedre at regulere denne industri eller helt forbyde den.

Med alle disse websteder derude er det let at føle sig håbløs. Men hvert websted, du fravælger, reducerer sandsynligheden for, at nogen prøver at forfølge dig eller stjæle din identitet.

Dette er meget værd at bruge tid og kræfter på at kæmpe. Så lad os komme i gang.

Den første regel for bekæmpelse af datamæglere: Giv dem ikke mere af dine data

Før du starter din opt-out-spree, skal du tage et par forholdsregler, så du ikke ender med at give disse onde korps endnu mere af dine oplysninger i processen:

  1. Jeg anbefaler at bruge en VPN, hvis du har en. En VPN kan maskere din IP-adresse og placering. Og hvis du virkelig ønsker sikkerhed, kan du endda oprette din egen VPN-server.
  2. Inkognitotilstand kan forhindre disse websteder i at få adgang til dine cookies, lokal opbevaring, autofuldførelse af data og andre data, som du muligvis har gemt i din browser. Hvis du er i Chrome, kan du åbne et inkognitovindue ved at klikke i menulinjen "File" og derefter "New Incognito Window".
  3. Endelig anbefaler jeg at bruge en midlertidig e-mail-tjeneste som 10minutemail.com til e-mail-bekræftelser. På denne måde giver du ikke disse datamæglere din nuværende e-mail-adresse. Derefter kan du videresende bekræftelse til din egen personlige e-mail til dine optegnelser.

Bemærk også, at denne artikel vil fokusere på "lavhængende frugt" -datamæglere, hvor en simpel e-mail-bekræftelse er nok til at fjerne dine data.

Der er masser af andre datamæglere, der kræver, at du springer gennem bøjler som at ringe til dem, sende dem fysiske breve, faxe dem (ja - faxe dem) eller endda sende dem en kopi af dit id for at bekræfte din identitet. Hvis du kan få tid til at gøre dette, bifalder jeg dig. Denne artikel hjælper stadig, hvis du ikke har tid til det.

Igen vil jeg ikke dække disse slags data, der er svære at nå, og vil i stedet fokusere på den lavt hængende frugt.

Ved afslutningen af ​​din session skal du have en indbakke fuld med fravalgbekræftelser, som denne.

Sådan fravælges Spokeo-søgning

Trin 1: Gå til Spokeo.com og find dig selv der.

Trin 2: Kopier URL'en fra adresselinjen. Du skal bruge dette for at fravælge det.

Trin 3: Gå til //www.spokeo.com/optout

Trin 4: Indsæt URL'en til din Spokeo-profil, og indtast din e-mail-adresse. Gør dig klar til at identificere nogle busser og trafiklys i captchaen. (Ja, du vil gøre det meget i dag.)

Trin 5: Tjek din e-mail for bekræftelses-e-mail, og følg dens instruktioner.

Sådan fjernes dine oplysninger fra MyLife.com Search

Der er ikke en måde at fravælge MyLife direkte på internettet, så du bliver nødt til at sende dem en e-mail. Hvis du gør dette, skal du medtage nogle data i din e-mail, men du kan bare medtage data, der allerede er angivet på deres websted.

Trin 1: Find din post på MyLife.com

Trin 2: Du skal sende dem en e-mail på [email protected] med emnelinjen "fravalg". Her er en skabelon, som du kan bruge i din e-mail:

My name is [NAME]. Remove my records from mylife.com and all of your other databases. To confirm my identity: My date of birth is [DATE OF BIRTH] My current address is [ADDRESS] My past address is [ADDRESS] Here is a link to my record on mylife.com: [LINK] Please email me back to confirm that my data has been deleted. Thank you.

Sådan fravælges People Finder-søgning

Desværre er People Finders fravalg brudt. Hvor praktisk for dem og deres datatyver.

Men gode nyheder - Jeg undersøgte mere, og jeg tror, ​​at du stadig kan fravælge PeopleFinder ved at fravælge via moderselskabet Intelius. Hvis du gør dette, bør du også fravælge flere andre små datamæglerwebsteder, som Intelius ejer.

Sådan fravælger du Intelius Søg og fjern dine data fra mange websteder af WhitePages-typen

Dette bør fravælge PeopleFinder samt flere andre datamæglerwebsteder.

Trin 1: Gå til //www.intelius.com/opt-out/submit/

Trin 2: Søg efter dig selv. Når du har fundet dig selv, skal du indtaste din e-mail-adresse.

Step 3: Check your email for the verification email and follow its instructions.

How to Remove your Information from PeopleFinders Search

Yes – PeopleFinder and PeopleFinders are two separate websites that engaged in the same grotesque trade. You'll want to opt out of this one as well.

Step 1: Find your profile on PeopleFinders.com

Step 2: Copy the URL from the address bar. You'll need this to opt out.

Step 3: Go to //www.peoplefinders.com/opt-out

Step 4: Paste in the URL of your PeopleFinders profile and enter your email address. Do some more capcha unpaid labor for Google.

Step 5: Check your email for the verification email and follow its instructions.

Oh yeah, and once you successfully opt out, they'll show you a page with a bunch of broken CSS trying to sell you a subscription service that opts you out of other data broker sites:

How to Remove Your Information from PeekYou Search

Step 1: Find your profile on peekyou.com

Step 2: Copy the unique ID from the address bar. You'll need this to opt out. Here's what this looks like according to their documentation:

Step 3: Go to //www.peekyou.com/about/contact/optout/index.php

Step 4: Paste the ID number of your PeekYou profile into the field, enter your email address, and click on some street photos for Google in the capcha.

Step 5: Check your email for the verification email and follow its instructions.

How to Remove Your Information from WhitePages.com

Of all the "low hanging fruit" data brokers I mention in the list, this is the most inconvenient. But it's not too inconvenient. I was able to do it in about 5 minutes.

Step 1: Find your profile on //www.whitepages.com/

Step 2: Copy the URL from the address bar. You'll need this to opt out.

Step 3: Go to //www.whitepages.com/suppression_requests

Step 4: Paste in the URL of your WhitePages profile.

Step 5: Here's where it gets inconvenient. You need a phone number in order to be able to opt out. I used Google Voice, which I use whenever I don't want to give out my real phone number. You can set up a Google Voice phone number here in a few minutes.

Step 6: WhitePages will show you this poorly-formatted webpage with a 4-digit code and call you.

Step 7: If you have Google Voice open in a different tab, you should get a ringing in your browser and you can answer it. Enter the 4-digit code. And presto – you've opted out.

How to Remove Your Info from BeenVerified Search

Update: In the few days since the time I published this article, BeenVerified may have changed their process again. They may now require you to give them some additional personally identifiable information in order to opt-out.

Step 1: Go to //www.beenverified.com/app/optout/search

Step 2: Find yourself in their search engine.

Step 3: Check your email for the verification email and follow its instructions.

Dishonorable Mentions – Sites That Are Particularly Evil in How They String You Along

PeopleSmart Opt Out is not "easy"

Update October 19, 2020: Twitter user Ryan Smith told me that if you opt out of BeenVerified, you have technically opted-out of PeopleSmart, too. But I had no way of knowing this at the time when I was trying to opt out of PeopleSmart. I've left the following section to show you what me and thousands of other people encountered when I trying to opt-out of PeopleSmart.

There's a data broker called PeopleSmart. Here's what it says about opting out in their FAQ:

They don't "make it easy." They don't even give you a link to their "opt out instructions." As far as I can tell, such a page doesn't even exist.

I did find another page where instead of giving you information about opting out of their service, they give you generic information about how public records work with the misleading URL: //www.peoplesmart.com/data-optout

But I've found plenty of articles suggesting that it was at one point possible to opt out. Now all those links redirect back to this same generic help page. (Like this one: //www.peoplesmart.com/optout-go.)

PrivateEye.com Has Several Now-Broken Opt-Out Links

Update October 21, 2020: PrivateEye.com seems to use the same database as PeopleFinders.com. So if you followed my instructions above to opt-out of PeopleFinders.com, you should now also be opted-out of PrivateEye.com. I've left the following section to show you what me and thousands of other people encountered when I trying to opt-out of PrivateEye.com.

I tried found several old links to opt-out processes. It looks like every once in a while, PrivateEye moves their opt out process. If anyone can find their current one, message me on Twitter and I'll add it here. Here are some of their now-defunct opt-out URLs:

  • //secure.privateeye.com/help/default.aspx#26
  • //www.privateeye.com/static/process_optout
  • //www.privateeye.com/opt-out/submit/

Instant Checkmate Never Actually Sends You The Opt-Out Confirmation Email

You can fill out the form at //www.instantcheckmate.com/opt-out/submit/ but they won't actually send you the confirmation email. I've tried several times from different locations, browsers, turned off ad blockers, and everything.

Also, I turned off my ad blocker and checked to see whether there was just some JavaScript error that was preventing the form from submitting. It looks like Instant Checkmate immediately tries to grab any data in your browser's Local Storage, Session Storage, and even sees if they can get any Facebook data your browser has.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight

These sites are like kudzu. You've got to keep hacking away at them with your digital machete.

I will keep this list updated.

I recommend you bookmark this list and come back to it from time to time to double check and make sure these data broker sites haven't re-listed you. Or that new sites haven't cropped up to sell your data.

I also recommend you link to this list from your own personal website if you can, and help spread the word.

Hvis du finder andre datamæglerwebsteder, som folk nemt kan fravælge, så send mig en DM på Twitter.

Bliv sikker derude.

- Quincy