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How to Remove Yourself From People Search Directories

by Suzanne Kantra on March 05, 2021

Between publicly available information and what we share on social networks, there's a lot of information about you available online. A quick search of your name can turn up some pretty surprising things, including your home address or old social media posts you'd rather not see the light of day. Websites that specialize in people searches, designed to help marketers advertise to you or to help old friends track you down, are the worst offenders. These sites often provide detailed personal information with the click of a button.

So how can you reclaim your private data? It's tricky, because there are lots of sites that collect personal data. However, you can lock down your social profiles and request to be removed from major search sites — you'll have to make a request with each site individually — to make your personal data harder to find.

Keep social media to yourself

Because many search sites pull data from publicly available social media profiles, reducing the data in your profile will help. You can start by simply not filling out your full profile. If you want even less information available for search engines to find, make your social accounts private. Here's how.

If you're a fan of Facebook, you may not want to completely lock down your account. In this case, you should still go to your privacy settings and select "No" next to "Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?" This will keep your Facebook posts off search engines for more privacy (read our complete guide to Facebook privacy settings).

Get rid of unused accounts

Since many people search sites pick up information from your publicly available profiles, one way to get that data away from search engines is to simply delete your accounts. This isn't a practical option for every site, but there's a good chance you have some online accounts that you just don't use anymore. Get that data offline so no one can find it by deleting the account entirely.

Remove yourself from people searches directly

The next step is getting your data off the major people search sites themselves. You can remove your listing from most of them, but it takes time and some legwork. Once you’ve submitted your request, removing your information takes anywhere from days to weeks, depending on the site.

If your name or address changes, a previous request to delete your information may not work any more. Check back with these sites if your information changes to make sure your data stays offline.

See the requirements for major search sites below.


Go to the BeenVerified opt-out page and search for your listing by providing your first and last name and state. Click on the arrow to the right of your profile. Enter your email, check the "I'm not a robot box," and click the "Send Verification Email."  You'll receive an email with a link you need to click to confirm your opt-out.


Go to the FastPeopleSearch Removal page and check the "I am a human" box. Complete the Captcha. Enter your email, check the box agreeing that you are removing your own record, check the box "I'm not a robot," and click on the "Begin Removal Process." Enter your name and zip code and click on the "Free Search" box. Click on "View Free Details" on your profile. Click on "Remove My Record." You will receive an email to perform the final removal and your profile should disappear from search within 72 hours.


Go to the Intelius opt-out page. Answer the question "Are you currently or have you ever been an Intelius customer?" (Whether the answer is yes or no, you can still remove your information.) Provide your first and last name, state, and email address. A confirmation email will be sent for final removal of your profile. 

Instant Checkmate

Search for your listing from the Instant Checkmate Opt-Out page, which requires just your first and last name. Click on "Remove this record." Input your email, check the "I'm not a robot" box, and click on the "Send Confirmation Email" button. You will receive an email to perform the final removal and your profile should disappear from search within 48 hours.


Search for your listing (be sure to toggle on "This is me") on MyLife and claim your name. You will be urged to subscribe, but you can choose to keep your free profile by clicking on "Go Back to Free Profile." You can change the data on your public profile, but you can't lock other people out of your profile without subscribing to the MyLife service.

MyLife lock profile

There is a $1 3-day trial if you want to see all the information has on you. If you don't cancel your 3-day trial, you'll be billed $29.95 per month. 


Search for your listing on PeekYou and note the number at the end of the URL.

PeekYou listing

Then go to PeekYou's Opt-Out page and enter your name, email address and the number from your profile URL to be removed. Click the "I'm not a robot" box, check the boxes confirming that you are providing correct information and that you understand that your information will not be removed from anywhere other than PeekYou, and click the "Submit" button.


Go to PeopleSmart's Help page and click on "Out-Out Policy." PeopleSmart's Opt-out process is managed by BeenVerified, so you'll be redirected to the Been Verified site. In the popup window, click on "Do Not Sell My Info." Search for your profile by inputting your first and last name (and state if you need to narrow things down). Select your profile by clicking on the right arrow next to your profile. Enter your email, check the "I'm not a robot" box, and click "Send Verification Email." When you receive the email, you can finalize removing your profile. If you have already opted out of BeenVerified, you're covered for PeopleSmart as well.


Search for your listing on Peoplefinders. Click on "View Details" next to your profile. You'll see a page offering an Instant Report. Copy the URL of that page.


Go to the PeopleFinders Opt-out page and paste the URL into the "Enter the URL" box. Enter your email address, check the "I'm not a robot" box, and select "Send Request." To finish removing your profile, you'll need to click on the verification link that's sent to your email address. 


To remove your personal information, go to the Pipl Request Removal of Your Personal Information page. Fill out your first and last name, your email address, make your request in the "Message" box, and hit submit.

Pipl remove listing form

You'll have to complete the reCAPTCHA to send your request. Pipl says that they may need to reach out to verify your request, so you'll want to monitor your email over the next few days to ensure your request goes through. My confirmation of removal arrived within a few hours.


Go to the PrivateEye Contact page and click on "Click Here to Opt Out." Fill in your first and last name, city, and state, check the "I'm not a robot" box, and click the "Opt out" button. PrivateEye scrapes data from other sites. So if your information is still online with other services, you may see your listing pop up again. 


Search for your listing on Radaris. Click on "Full Profile" next to your listing. Click the down arrow next to the "Background Check & Contact Info" button on the right side of the page and select "Control Information" from the drop-down and then "Manage Info."

Radaris listing

You'll then need to create an account by providing your email address and cellphone number to verify your account or by logging in with Facebook or Google. Click on "View My Account" and you can make your profile private or delete your information.


Search for your listing on Spokeo. Click the "See Results" button next to your profile to see your listing page. Then copy and paste the listing page URL and your email address into Spokeo's opt-out form.

Spokeo listing page

You'll receive an email with a link you need to click to confirm your opt-out. 


Search for your listing on the TruthFinder Opt-Out page. Click the "Remove This Record" button next to your profile. Enter your email address, check the "I'm not a robot" box, and click on the "Send Confirmation Email" button. You'll need to click on the verification link that's sent to your email address to complete the process of removing your profile.


Go to the TruePeopleSearch Removal page and enter your name, zip code, and email; check the box verifying it's your information you're removing; check the "I'm not a robot" box, and click on the "Begin Removal" button. 

USA People Search

Go to the USA People Search Opt Out page and scroll down to the section "Instructions for record removal." Enter your email address and check the boxes that acknowledge that USA People Search will block your records and that you have read and agreed to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Check the box "I'm not a robot," and click the "Begin Removal Process." Search for your listing. Click on the "View Details" button next to your listing. You may see an ad pop up before you see your listing page. On your listing page, click on the "Remove Record" button. An email will be sent to complete the process of removing your listing.

US Search

Go to the US Search opt-out page, enter your first and last name, state, and email address, and click the "Continue" button. Click on the "Remove This Record" button next to your listing. An email will be sent to complete the process of removing your listing.


Search for your profile on Whitepages. On the listing page, you'll see some listings with a "Full Report" button next to them and some with a "View Details" button. Find your listing with the "View Details" button and click the "View Details" button.

Whitepages listings

Copy the URL of your listing page and then go to the "Opt-out of Whitepages" page. Paste in your URL and select "Remove Me." Select the reason why you want your information removed and click on "Next." Enter your phone number, check the box that affirms that you are the person whose listing is being removed, and click the "Call now to verify" button. When Whitepages calls, you will enter the verification code on your screen. Once your verification code has been accepted, your listing will be removed within 24 hours.


ZabaSearch uses data provided by Intelius, so removing your information from Intelius will remove it from ZabaSearch as well.

Hire someone to do the work for you

If all this sounds like way too much time and effort, you can pay to have someone else do the work for you — or at least some of it. DeleteMe puts in requests to remove your information from major databases, which effectively removes you from a lot of aggregator searches like Pipl. After making its deletion requests, it keeps monitoring those sites in case anything else pops up. While it's still your responsibility to be sure you aren't putting too much information on social media where anyone can easily find it, DeleteMe will keep your info off of the major search sites and send you a privacy report every three months to keep you informed.

As of March 3, 2021, DeleteMe services start at $103 per year for one person, 2 people for $177 per year, or 2 people for 2 years for $265. That's not cheap, but if you weigh the time it would take to individually remove yourself from each of these sites, you may find it worthwhile.

Not sure if you can trust DeleteMe? The service is run by Abine, a BBB-accredited business with an A+ rating and a strong privacy policy.

Can anyone find me online now?

Even after going through all of these steps, it's likely you won't completely vanish from the internet. If you're active online, especially if you maintain social media accounts, having some kind of online footprint is hard to avoid. Many online searches simply aggregate publicly available information, and there's always the possibility that new data will appear.

However, taking the time to remove your information from the main services makes you a lot harder for marketers (and anyone else) to track down.

Updated on 3/5/2021 with updated removal instructions

[Search for people via BigStockPhoto]

For the past 20+ years, Suzanne Kantra has been exploring and writing about the world’s most exciting and important science and technology issues. Ten years ago, she founded Techlicious, which serves the role of that tech-savvy friend you can count on to share tips and tricks to get the most out of technology; whether that’s saving time in our hectic schedules, discovering new ways to enjoy our personal interests, or keeping up with the latest technology trends and styles. Before that, Suzanne was the Technology Editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she hosted the radio show “Living with Technology." Previously, she served as Technology Editor for Popular Science Magazine. She has been featured on CNN, CBS, and NBC.


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opting out

From Linda Nerstad on January 13, 2015 :: 3:30 pm

When I did this on the Spokeo site, it looks like I have to join for 3 or 6 months to be able to get into the site to capture the URL. Please advise.


No need to join

From Josh Kirschner on January 13, 2015 :: 3:51 pm

There’s no need to have a Spokeo subscription to find yourself or opt out. Search for yourself on Spokeo (for free). When you find yourself, copy the url at the top of the page (will look something like “,+yourstate:1078383937”).

Then go to the Spokeo opt-out page ( and paste that url into the Profile URL field, enter your email address, and click “Remove this Listing”.


From Lauranne on May 04, 2019 :: 10:06 pm

John, Can you help me figure this out? When I do an internet search of my name and town, my info is shown with a link to voter I did opt out of voter However, all the info is still on the original search. When I click on the link, it does not show up on the voter site anymore, but it’s still all up there on the internet search! Name, age, voter info, etc. So if it is deleted on their site, how why does it still show up on the search and more importantly, how can I remove it?                                All the other sites this was not a problem and my info was removed from the internet search and thei individual site. But all my personal info still shows up on the internet search for voter records. Plus it is even outdated! I hope you can help. Thanks.


You need to ask Google to remove it from search

From Josh Kirschner on May 06, 2019 :: 1:42 pm

Google may take a while to update its search results to reflect the most recent content of a page (and a site’s setting can also cause this this delay). However, Google has a tool that allows you to remove outdated content from search results, even for sites that you don’t own. You can find the instructions for how to do that here:

Google URL Removal Tool

From Bugs Bunny on February 08, 2020 :: 10:44 am

Use this tool to request faster removal from Google search results:

re: opting out

From chasmyn on January 13, 2015 :: 3:53 pm

You don’t. You just copy the url of where your name shows up in the search, on the page before that.



From Linda Nerstad on January 13, 2015 :: 5:15 pm

When I type in my name it takes me to my location on a map. I click on that and it shows that it has info about my address; phone,etc and a link to get the info. That leads to a cost for 3 months or 6 months. The link is “Spokeo - Linda Nerstad” with no URL. Have you tried it?


Spokeo and PeopleSmart problems

From Dayton on January 13, 2015 :: 4:17 pm

The Spokeo process was just put me into a loop. Fill out opt-out page, get email directing me to fill out opt-out page, rinse, repeat. The PeopleSmart process required me to set up an account which I can’t delete now. I’m not going to try the other two!


Both are working

From Josh Kirschner on January 13, 2015 :: 5:04 pm

The Spokeo process is poorly designed, in that the confirmation email takes you back to the opt-out page, rather than a confirmation message. However, if you search for that listing again, you will see that it has been removed.

I get the concern over providing PeopleSmart your email and a password, but I also see why they need it to limit others from removing your information without your consent. Not sure this really prevents much (easy enough to create a fake/disposable email address), but it at least makes it slightly more difficult for someone someone to come in and do mass deletes, etc.


people smart account

From joseli on June 06, 2015 :: 12:34 pm

So do i have to create an account on people smart to delete my profile? I got the same thing where i click “this is me” and it is asking for me to make an account.


PeopelSmart Issues

From Kelly on January 13, 2015 :: 11:25 pm

I don’t ever get to a page that says Define Your Privacy Preferences.  I was asked to create an account, what did I miss?



From Tina on January 14, 2015 :: 12:07 am

When I use the link to go to Peoplesmart, it only gives me the option to Manage Your Personal Information.  When I find myself and select This is Me, I have to create an account.  Is there no other way to remove my information?  I don’t see anything about “work.”


Not working

From RC on May 16, 2015 :: 7:14 pm

When I copy the link, I get a note that says “Could not find the user record”.  Then it prompts me to join and pay.  This is ridiculous.


Spokeo Problem

From Billy Bod on May 31, 2015 :: 4:55 pm

Keep getting error about not finding the person in Spokeo. Apparently, their own website can’t read their own provided link. So, they don’t want users to opt-out? WTF???


Spokeo spits it out

From veda on June 04, 2015 :: 10:48 pm

I agree with BILLY BOD. Doesn’t always work on Spokeo; just loops the request endlessly. I am going to file a complaint with FTC for all the good that will do.
I believe they obtain much of this information from Voter’s listings, which can be bought or sold. Another very good possibility is the vendors on Amazon’s marketplace. Even when I moved, my address almost immediately showed up. Plus the Credit Reporting agencies like Experian own at least one of these sites.


Spokeo Opt Out

From Rick Wes on September 11, 2015 :: 1:28 am

Here is more Spokeo opt out info:



From Janice on June 10, 2016 :: 1:12 pm

I cannot get a copy of my DL to upload to them.  Makes no sense to have to show your DL just to remove your OWN personal info.  SMH.


Nuwber - A nasty new one that doesn't delete

From Fed Up on June 15, 2016 :: 2:08 pm

So I found myself on today.  So I created an account, sent the link and asked to be removed.  Haha, the joke is on me.  They leave it in place, the headers include the information so your result in natural search includes all your data in the description and when you click on the link, it announces you asked them to hide it!  Not a US or EU company so no protections.  They just send canned responses with the link to remove, even though they don’t remove over and over again.  The whole business is dispicable.



From ERRRRR!!! on June 16, 2016 :: 6:13 pm

Same problem with Nuwber. They deleted the info on their website but the link for the website they don’t delete - and the link has all the information the website had. They say it’s not their problem - won’t do anything about it.



From SNEAKY on August 14, 2020 :: 1:10 am



About Nuwber

From Spiteful Victim of Online Bullying on April 23, 2017 :: 2:28 pm

You say there’s “no protections” because Nuwber is not a US or EU company.  If that’s the case, then am I at least able to send them lewd death threats with no legal consequence for doing so?  After all, not being subjected to regulation by the government should be a two-way street…


Remove all my info.

From Bridget M. Manning on October 24, 2016 :: 7:25 am

Making money on a senior citizen.  REMOVE my info.


how to remove from

From Johnny Doe on October 31, 2016 :: 5:12 pm

I tried to have remove my info and received a form response that said “This information will not be removed as these types of information are considered “public records” under the law, which means that anyone has the right to access them.”
They want people to pay a membership fee for removal of personal information.
I finally got results when I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Also contact them through the email address beginning “removalrequests” followed by “(at)”. Not the “membersupport” email they list on their site.



From Jane Doe on November 30, 2016 :: 1:29 pm

Hello, how do you file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau? Thank you.


MyLife - Had to Complain to Better Business Bureau for Removal

From Matt Hills on May 02, 2018 :: 1:39 pm

I followed the instructions and first received an email from with a Ticket Number stating my “information will be removed in a 7 - 10 Day Process”.  (05/1/18 - 6:02pm) An hour later on the same day at 7:18pm, I received an email saying”  This Information will not be removed as these types of information are considered “public records” under the law, which means anyone has the right to access them”. 
And so I TOO FILED A COMPLAINT TO THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU. told me two different things an hour apart.  First it will be removed and then, no it won’t be removed.


Laws need to be updated

From tate on November 06, 2016 :: 11:18 am

We need to update the laws for 3rd party info aggregation.


Petition Google to Remove People Search Directories from Search results

From Dorin Dredetean on January 14, 2017 :: 12:03 am

Hi All,

When you are tired of trying to remove your private information from these disreputable search directories please sign my petition asking Google to remove the People Search Directories from Google Search Results:

Petition Google to Remove People Search Directories from Search Results:



From Hank Arnold on January 31, 2017 :: 4:01 pm

They must have changed since you last looked, there’s no verbiage at any point from these people, I’ll try the 800 number next.

Thanks, this is very disheartening…just like the rest of our daily news.


I accessed my information on

From Suzanne Kantra on January 31, 2017 :: 5:27 pm

Here’s how to remove your page:

Search for your listing on MyLife and click on Select Edit/Remove My Info. Once the service has scanned for your information, you’ll then be given the option to create an account. Once you’ve created a free basic account, you can go into Account Information to delete the account, which will remove your listing from MyLife.

Unfortunately, MyLife’s account removal instructions( are incorrect.



From Chris Hinman on February 08, 2017 :: 9:02 pm

This only removes your profile with MyLife. All the info they had on you is still there.


Stupid MyLife

From GRRR on March 14, 2017 :: 7:55 pm

I did just as you described and pooof…. two weeks later after removing the profile, the profile was back online. I called them, some jerk got snippy with me but agreed yo delete the “public profile” again.


MyLife website should be deleted to HE Double Hockey Sticks

From I hate the MyLife company on May 20, 2017 :: 3:58 pm

Idiot on the phone told me I have 15 profiles. Then asked me which one is mine! How the eff am I suppose to know??? I told him to delete all of them and he refused. This company is a cesspool



From Danielle on February 14, 2017 :: 5:13 pm

Any clue on how to remove personal information from They have no removal instructions. I tried contact them using their online form, and I never heard back.


There is an opt out for each info item

From Josh Kirschner on February 14, 2017 :: 5:49 pm

If you do a search for yourself on cubib, it will bring up various pieces of information about you. Click on one and it opens into a popup window. There will be an “opt out” link at the bottom of the window.


CUBIB.COM does not remove your personal info

From FURIOUS AT CUBIB.COM on March 13, 2017 :: 12:02 pm

You can try the “opt out” link until you are blue in the face! You can send email requests to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) but that will not work either. These people will not respond nor will they remove the information. If anyone figures out how to get through to these jokers, please post here.


Josh, did this work for you?

From greg on April 24, 2017 :: 1:15 am

Did they delete the stuff from Cubib?


worked so far...

From Danielle on April 24, 2017 :: 9:23 am

Amazingly, using the “opt out” instructions from Josh worked for me. For how long, who knows, but I still don’t come up in their search results.

how long before cubib removed your stuff?

From Greg on April 24, 2017 :: 7:52 pm

???after you asked for them to do it using Josh’s instructions?

Please direct me to an

From data ags suck on June 12, 2017 :: 5:25 pm

Please direct me to an existing class action lawsuit against these companies instead.  Bait and switch is when you force a consumer to participate.  You’ve identified a lot of these companies, but provided no effective solutions.  The reason being, it is an unethical behavior for these companies to operate this way.  It is not acceptable to even have any business dealings with companies whom have already proven they are not trustworthy.  Any company who claims the use of private information without permission and also a clear shelf life policy for data, is not a company I would trust with one red cent, or one single validation.  Boy I’m glad I never participated in facebook or any of that, I called this one a very long time ago.  Still though, mylife has my data, and a few others.  So in a fair return and fair engagement, I make a point of populating a lot of my data incorrectly through a broad range of various data input locations.  They can’t tell if I’m republican or democrat, I sign up for all these lists with wrong names, etc, etc.  One thing is for certain, the data brokers are highly unethical companies.

Reply delete or remove name and address

From George on March 01, 2017 :: 9:10 pm

On do you think its safe to opt out?. I found my address. You have to send details, they could sell on. I read another website does that. Anyone been successful?. Are they trustworthy?. I searched their name and found your blog. was then now I wonder why the changes. If you try to find the owner of most people searches you won’t get far. They buy domain names with privacy like Domains By Proxy in Arizona or Whoisguard in Panama to hide the owner. The contact pages have a form, no email, no phone. Why is that. They dont want anyone to know who they are or where they live and want to protect their own privacy. But they put hundreds of thousands of peoples personal data on their public websites for the whole world to see. Thats hypocritical and kind of sad. Their terms say you cannot use their content without their permission, like you dont even have rights over your own data, I know some laws allow it but I think its unethical and probably only allowed for snooping and profiteering. But they also obtain data illegally. I live in England, UK United Kingdom. There is a UK website with a searchable database, terms on the page says no redistributing data. People copy it anyway and call it public just because they accessed it. I complained to the UK company, they said their legal team were looking into it, nothing was done. I had my address changed in the UK database to private, but there are still a few websites with my address from years ago. I was harassed in the past and moved house I am now very private. I know about IT and spent ages removing my data from websites, some kindly comply, some do not reply or do not care they say it is public. They say they help you contact lost friends, thats not the real reason, they buy databases from organisations, hackers, scrape content, out of date, or illegal, put it on a website with adverts, or paid upgrade, or paid removal, to make money. The rules are strange, it says you can find a lost love and check neighbours, but not stalk spy or contact people against their wishes. What else are people going to do?. On their page Allison says it helped her dating, she must have been spying on someone. And how can you find a lost love but not contact them if it might be against their wishes. I dont know if Allison is real the photo belongs to another Allison an author with a different surname so did they copy her image?. The UK has some people search websites but they have less data than USA websites. Most UK data comes from the electoral roll or phone directory which you can opt out, or registered companies and domain name owners which depend whether you use your home address or an office or a privacy service. If you forget to opt out or dont use a different address you can end up on a public search, most UK websites show partial records with paid service, I think they realised giving away full data was not making them money. I am curious why have full data free, surely they get less out of it as they are not getting much back from it, unless they are making a fortune on adverts, I dont know. There are many places that leak data, buying a house, using eBay, social media left public, most services and shops have accounts with your data in a login unless they get hacked like Yahoo and others who had millions of records stolen. Unfortunately thats the risk if you live the modern lifestyle. I wont get started on smart televisions and echo that send conversations to servers and smartphone apps that ask permission to access your wifi storage contacts messages photos cameras microphone etc and most people click accept, they probably wouldnt hand over their diary and photo album to a stranger on the street, but they give away more to companies they dont know. You could give up modern conveniences and live in the middle of nowhere with no internet. I have considered it. But most people get severe FOMO.. fear of missing out. I think life was better years ago when communities were more face to face not buried in screens and without companies snooping and saving everything, I think it takes away our humanity. Well done for putting useful information to help people remove data, I am not on most of the sites you mentioned because they are for USA. I am tempted to make a blog and tell others about information I learnt and how to keep private. P.S. George is not my real name and I used an anonymous email but I hope this gets through, I am real I just did not want to add more data than is already out there!. I’ll bookmark the page and check back to see if there are replies. Good luck to others who want privacy and are trying to get data removed. Cheers.


Write Your Congressman/Senator, Write Your Local News Stations!!!

From Terry on March 09, 2017 :: 3:42 am

The only way to get rid of these site is to petition our government!  There are too many to manage, and the process/time is takes to remove the information is lengthy.

This is a security issue, and identity thieves are using these sites!  Especially identity thieves from foreign nations!  Please write your local Congressional representative!  There is power in numbers.


No, you're absolutely incorrect, and

From dat ags suck on June 12, 2017 :: 5:19 pm

No, you’re absolutely incorrect, and sound just plain helpless.  Government save me from my poor decisions as I trusted data brokers with pointless apps like facebook, linked in, yahoo, and all the rest.  The power of the free market is the ultimate force.  Boycott them, boycott companies whom sell data to them.  Bigger government is not the answer and all government injection would accomplish is legitimizing a great deal of this data aggregation behavior.  Government does not solve problems, it subsidises them.

Reply is a scam

From Tommy V on March 22, 2017 :: 7:17 pm

Heads up!
I used’s information removal option on their website and it said if the info wasn’t down in 10 days to email them. I emailed them and received a response from their support person. He stated that legally they don’t have to remove my information and they will not.

Seemed odd that they would have an option to request the removal of information but not do it… So, I emailed back asking why they have the feature if they have no intention of actually using it. Still waiting on an answer.
I speculate that they are using this feature to confirm and/or update the info they have on people to improve their accuracy.


Per the federal trade comission it is NOT legal.

From LFN on May 25, 2017 :: 8:20 pm

Per the federal trade comission it is NOT legal.  I’ve filed formal complaints on each of the ones listed.;-1


unauthorised use of data should be illegal

From data ags suck on June 12, 2017 :: 5:16 pm

Unauthorized use of data should be illegal.  I don’t have to make an account to retain my privacy.  These companies are guilty of violating privacy and creating a bait and switch data management industry.  I’m certainly not going to give india based call centers and international data brokers my credit card number or purposefully create accounts with them.  You’re a fool for suggesting that.  Any instance of verifying your identity merely confirms the validity of their data, and makes your data worth more.  You should not and can not trust any of these big data companies.  If you’re on facebook or any other social media app, you asked for it, stop while you’re ahead.  If you’re getting direct emails from these companies, you slipped up and trusted a data broker somewhere along the line.  Effective data management needs a shelf life, and permissions based settings.  Every single data company listed above is a scam, you’d be a fool to validate your data with even a single one of them.


Whitepage No more email needed

From Missy on July 04, 2017 :: 9:09 pm

Opt out happens right on the site but still need to use a phone number to verify the code.



From C on January 03, 2018 :: 9:12 pm

No, you really do need an email address. Using your phone number is probably worse. They claim they don’t keep your info on file, but I highly doubt they’re being truthful. I keep a collection of junk email aliases in Outlook just to make sure they never get my *real* info.


How to deleted someone that is deceased

From Danisha on September 05, 2017 :: 10:22 am

My father passed in 2014 and I wanted to know how could I remove his information from these search sites?


Some links are incorrect

From J on October 07, 2017 :: 2:04 pm

For example, PeopleSmart goes to PeekYou.  I found this a few times.

Otherwise, this page is extremely helpful. Thank you!


Keep in mind that you

From C on January 03, 2018 :: 9:10 pm

Keep in mind that you want to follow these steps again every 6 to 8 months. Your info doesn’t stay gone from these sites. They do new searches and update their databases. If you move, they’ll find you again because it’s a new slot for them to fill. Once information hits the internet, it’s never truly gone. It’s just dispersed for a little while.


So true! And, the pages

From Suzanne Kantra on January 04, 2018 :: 3:48 pm

So true! And, the pages for opting out and the process for removing information changes.

I just went through and rechecked the process for removing information from the sites listed and updated the links and instructions.


There's no such thing as privacy but...

From John on May 02, 2021 :: 7:11 pm

This is an absolutely outstanding article and compilation for helping secure a lot of our personal information.
Privacy sites like can charge a thousand dollars a year per person to monitor personal info in cyberspace. Not sure how they could do any better than the tools in this article. I just want to thank Suzanne for writing this how-to manual and hope she keeps it updated periodically (as she has already done at least once).


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