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Counterintelligence: How to Opt-out as a Private Investigator


 


When you come across personal information such as a postal address, family member’s name, personal account information, or social media posts naming you and your family on the Internet—and you are bound to—it is time to start opting out of online public records databases. There are hundreds of online vendors whose sole business is aggregating public records. In blog post, you will find the leading vendors in the public records business and the information needed to opt out of their service. In the event you find your personal data on other public records sites, start by searching the site for “opt out” or “data privacy,” often located at the bottom of the Website’s first page next to the legal statements. Because of the GDPR and other national and international laws, most Websites offer an easy online removal request form.

Opt Out Vendors


Web Site: http://www.accurint.com
Privacy Policy: http://www.accurint.com/privacy.html
Opt Out: Partial
Action: https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/privacy/for-consumers/opt-out-of-lexisnexis.page Affiliation: LexisNexis

Web Site: http://www.acxiom.com
Privacy Policy: https://www.acxiom.com/about-us/privacy
Opt Out: Partial
Action: Acxiom offers a multiple list of products for which it buys and sells identifying information. Be sure to opt out of all of them to remove yourself from standard consumer dataservices. To locate the different product opt out pages visit https://isapps.acxiom.com/optout/optout.aspx
Affiliation: Google, Yahoo, Whowhere, and Lycos
Web Site: http://www.google.com
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Visit the following opt-out page. Complete the form to “Request the Removal of your Personal Information on Google Searches”. https://support.google.com/websearch/troubleshooter/9685456#ts=2889054%2C2889099


Web Site: https://www.beenverified.com
Privacy Policy: https://www.beenverified.com/faq/privacy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Visit the following opt-out page: https://www.beenverified.com/app/optout/search . Enter the requested information and click search. Select the correct profile containing your personal information. Then enter an email and select ‘send verification email.’ BeenVerified will send a confirmation email to the email entered. Click the verification link and the record will be removed within 24 hours. Affiliation: Backgroundchecks.org, Emailfinder.com, Peoplesmart.com, Searchpeopledirectory.com

Web Site: http://clear.thomsonreuters.com
Opt Out: Partial
Action: Follow the directions located on the following page: http://static.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters. com/static/pdf/opt_out_form.pdf Additionally, an individual can email any questions about who can request removal of their personal information or what kind of documentation is required to: westlaw.privacypolicy@thomsonreuters.com.
Affiliation: Thomson Reuters, WestLaw

Web Site: https://infotracer.com
Privacy Policy: https://members.infotracer.com/customer/terms?tab=privacy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Visit the following opt-out page: https://infotracer.com/optout/ Find your profile and select ‘remove my data’ on the right hand side of the profile. Proceed to enter an email and comment, although a comment is not necessary and click submit. Check email inbox for the confirmation email. However, if confirmation email is not found in the inbox; check your Spam folder as the email often times redirects there. Click the comfirmation button in the email and removal could take upwards of 30 days.
Affiliation: Backgroundreport360.com, CivilRecords.org, Emailtracer.com, Everify.com, Inforegistry.com, Inteligator.com, Locatepeople.org, Recordsfinder.com, Reversegenie.com

Web Site: http://www.instantcheckmate.com
Privacy Policy: http://www.instantcheckmate.com/privacy_policy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Visit the following opt-out page: https://www.instantcheckmate.com/suppression-center Enter the requested informaton and click search. Find the correct profile and click ‘remove this record.’ Then enter an email and click send confirmation email. Instantcheckmate will send a confirmation email. Click confirm opt-out and removal could take approximately 48 hours.

Web Site: https://www.intelius.com
Privacy Policy: https://peopleconnect.us/privacy-policy/
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Visit the following opt-out page: https://www.intelius.com/suppression-center Enter the requested informaton. Find the correct profile and click ‘select & continue.’ Then enter an email and click continue. Proceed to click the confirmation link in the email. Once comepleted, removal could take approximately 72 hours.
Affiliation: Easybackgroundchecks.com, Lookupanyone.com, Spock.com, Peoplelookup.com, Phonesbook.com, Publicrecords.com, Ussearch.com

Opt Out: Yes
Action: Visit the following opt-out page and upload a clear photo of your face. https://pimeyes.com/en/opt-out-request-form
Web Site: http://www.lexisnexis.com
Privacy Policy: http://www.lexisnexis.com/privacy
Opt Out: Partial
Action: Visit the following opt out page to learn about removing yourself from several of the LexisNexis Risk and Legal products: https://optout.lexisnexis.com/
Affiliation: Accuity.com, Accurint.com, BridgerInsight.com, WorldCompliance.com

Web Site: http://www.mylife.com
Privacy Policy: http://www.mylife.com/privacy-policy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Send an email to privacy@mylife.com and title the email ‘opt-out.’ Locate your profile on mylife.com. Copy and paste the name, age, and city and state into your email exactly how they appear on the website.You will need the URL as well. If Mylife.com denys the removal request, respond back by sending them their privacy policy from the website, which specifies you have the right to remove your information.

Web Site: https://nuwber.com
Privacy Policy: https://nuwber.com/policy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Start by searching for desired profile in Nuwber.com. Once desired profile is located click ‘view details.’ Copy and paste the URL to this profile page and enter the URL into Nuwber’s opt-out page: https://nuwber.com/removal/link . Proceed to enter an email and click remove. In the email from Nuwber, click the confirmation link and removal process is complete.

Web Site: https://radaris.com
Privacy Policy: https://radaris.com/page/privacy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: You will need to create an account on Radaris.com to control your information. Once your profile is created, find your profile and select ‘full profile’ button. Next, select the down arrow next to the name at the top of the profile and select ‘control info.’ Select ‘control info’ once again and then follow the instructions on the screen. Upon entering the verification code you’ll be brought to another screen where you will select ‘view profile.’ This will bring you back to the original profile and from here select the same down arrow as before and click ‘control info.’ Following this, select ‘manage info’ and then first click ‘make profile private’ and then choose “delete specific records.’ There is a limit of deleting only 6 records so choose the most important records you feel necessary. Removal is immediate.
Affiliation: Hometry.com, People-background-check.com, Rehold.com

Web Site: http://www.spokeo.com
Privacy Policy: https://www.spokeo.com/privacy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Start by searching for desired profile in Spokeo.com. Once you find your listing, select ‘see results.’ Copy and paste the URL to this profile page and enter the URL into Spokeo’s opt-out page: https://www.spokeo.com/optout . Proceed to enter an email and click remove this listing. In the email form Spokeo click the confirmation link and removal could take approximately 2-3 days.

Web Site: http://www.thatsthem.com
Privacy Policy: https://thatsthem.com/privacy-policy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Start by searching for desired profile in Thatsthem.com. Go to Thatsthem’s opt-out page: https://thatsthem.com/optout. Copy the information exactly as it appears in the profile into the opt-out page and click submit. If not exact, the listing will not be removed. Removal could take approximately 5 days.

Web Site: https://www.truthfinder.com
Privacy Policy: https://www.truthfinder.com/privacy-policy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Visit the following opt-out page: https://www.truthfinder.com/opt-out/ Once you find your profile through the opt-out page search, select ‘remove this record’ at the bottom of the page. Enter a valid email and wait for a confirmation link to be sent to the email. Once confirmed, removal could take approximately 72 hours.

Web Site: https://www.whitepages.com
Privacy Policy: https://www.whitepages.com/data-policy
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Regular Result – Find your profile and select ‘view details.’ Copy and paste the URL to this page and enter the URL into Whitepages’s opt-out page: https://www.whitepages.com/suppression_requests Click the ‘remove me’ and select an option. Enter a valid phone number and follow the automated phone call directions to complete the removal process. Removal could take approximately 24 hours. Premium Result - Premium profile is distinguished by its blue color and ‘Premium Result’ title. For removal of a premium record, follow the directions located on Whitepages.com support link: https://support.whitepages.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Affiliation: 411.com, Emailsearch.com, Switchboard.com

Web Site: https://www.xlek.com (formerly Cubib.com)
Privacy Policy: Yes, but does not redirect
Opt Out: Yes
Action: Start by searching for desired profile in Xlek.com. Once desired profile is located, click on the profile. Now on this profile, click the ‘opt-out’ option and proceed to enter the first and last name of the desired individual as well as an email for removal. Click proceed, and the opt-out process is complete
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