There is a huge industry made up of websites that collect and post our personal data, referenced here as “public data websites.” For survivors of domestic violence, harassment, and stalking, having your personal details on the internet is not just annoying and intrusive, it’s dangerous. Below is a list of a bunch of these websites, along with the links and/or support emails where you can request to “opt-out” of having your information listed.
Data Website Opt-Outs
Privacy is your right
Roll up your sleeves and start taking your personal information back here:
Advanced Background Checks
http://www.city-data.com/delrequest/form.php (will allow you to disassociate your name)
Family Tree Now
Fast People Search*
Instant Check Mate
firstname.lastname@example.org (opt-out via email request)
email@example.com (email to have information removed)
National Cellular Directory
Public Records Now
publicrecordssearch.com (opt-out requires faxed in proof of identity)
https://www.locatefamily.com/removal.html (requires ID in some cases)
Smart Background Checks
The Phone Index
True People Search
http://www.zabasearch.com/privacy.php (information about opting-out)
*For this site, to opt-out you must first search the site and locate a URL with your information. Use that URL in the opt-out process.
**For Radaris, you must search for your name and register to opt-out. This site has a lot of information, so it may be worth it to you to create an account.