If you think your privacy is at risk when it comes to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, they’re nothing compared to the “people search engines.” We’re talking WhitePages, MyLife, BeenVerified and the like.
Here’s the deal: States sell their data to brokers, who in turn feed court and criminal records, housing information, automobile details and more to these websites for a fee.
You never asked for your real estate prices to be posted online, your address, age or other personal details, but they are there.
The good news: Most of the sites will let you remove the data through an opt-out click, although it’s not easy. For example, MyLife requires you to call in and make the request personally. And it’s really a game of whack-a-mole because when you remove info from one site, it can reappear on some new site.
It’s the easiest of the sites to work with and most responsive, but it’s still a five-click process to remove your data. Start by looking up your name, copying the URL that’s been created for you, hitting the BACK button on your browser and then clicking the PRIVACY tab. At the bottom of the page, in small letters, is Opt-Out. Click that, type in the URL you copied and your e-mail address. seks mexican cupid Spokeo says it will then quickly remove the data. In our tests, it was gone within a day.
Search for your name, copy the URL created and go to the opt-out page, which is so hard to find, we’re just going to give you the URL here: You will then be asked to confirm and then to give WhitePages a reason you don’t want your personal information stored in their index. (A drop-down menu offers these choices: The info is incorrect, I’m getting too much spam and junk mail, I’m being harassed and I just want my information to be private.) Then WhitePages asks for you to offer your phone number and get a call back, from which you’ll be asked to type in a confirmation code. [Read more…] about Your data has been sold to websites like MyLife and WhitePages. Here’s how to remove it