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Magda Hassan
07-28-2011, 07:09 AM
HOW TO: Remove yourself from ALL background check websites. Thanks to LawyerCT. (self.technology)

submitted 7 hours ago by pibbman

Thanks to LawyerCT for bringing this topic up on /r/technology. She also provided a list of the top sites online that hold data on you.

I decided to go ahead and use this list to collect removal procedures from ALL of these websites and provide direct links or instructions to do so.

The following list was provided as being the "big boys", so if you remove your name from these ones then all the smaller "sites" should fall afterwards.

Intelius.com
Acxiom.com
MyLife.com
ZabaSearch.com
Spoke.com
BeenVerified.com
PeekYou.com
USSearch.com
PeopleFinders.com
PeopleLookup.com
PeopleSmart.com
PrivateEye.com
WhitePages.com
USA-People-Search.com
Spokeo.com
PublicRecordsNow.com
DOBSearch.com
Radaris.com

How to remove yourself from each of these have been listed below. I would recommend that you scan some form of ID such as a state issued ID like a drivers license. Black out your picture and drivers number. Leaving your name, address and DOB visible. Any sites that requires such a thing will have an * after the address.

Intelius.com* - Opt-out

Acxiom.com - Opt-out

MyLife.com - To request that a Member Profile or Public Profile be deleted, please contact Customer Care at 1-888-704-1900 or contact us by email at privacy@mylife.com. Upon receipt of these requests, and confirmation that you are requesting that your own profile be removed, please allow MyLife 10 business days to complete this removal. It may be necessary to contact you to validate that you are the profile owner requesting the removal. This is to ensure the correct identity and profile ownership before completing these requests, and is for the protection of our users and their privacy.

Zabasearch.com* - Opt-out

Spokeo.com - Opt-out

BeenVerified.com - LawyerCT's guide

Peekyou.com - Opt-Out

USSearch.com* - Opt-Out

PeopleFinders.com - Opt-Out: Annoying form you have to mail in

PeopleLookup.com* - In order for PeopleLookup to suppress or opt out your personal information from appearing on our Website, we need to verify your identity. To do this, we require faxed proof of identity. Proof of identity can be a state issued ID card or driver's license. If you are faxing a copy of your driver's license, we require that you cross out the photo and the driver's license number. We only need to see the name, address and date of birth. We will only use this information to process your opt out request. Please fax to 425-974-6194 and allow 4 to 6 weeks to process your request.

PeopleSmart.com - Opt-Out

PrivateEye.com - Opt-Out

Whitepages.com - Opt-Out

USA-People-Search.com - Opt-Out: Yet another form to mail in

Spoke.com - Scroll Down to Access and Correction Section for more info

PublicRecordsNow.com - Still determining how to remove...

DOBSearch.com* - In order for us to “opt out” your public information from being viewable on the public DOBsearch People Finder search results, we need to verify your identity and require faxed proof of identity. Proof of identity can be a state issued ID card or driver's license, or notarized letter. If you are faxing a copy of your driver's license, you may cross out the photo and the driver's license number. We only need to see the name, address and date of birth. Please fax to 516-717-3017 and allow 4 to 6 weeks to completely process your request. It is your responsibility to ensure legibility of your document

Radaris.com - Information: Opt-Out still determining...

Those are all the major sites. Of course, you could go to the topic mentioned in the beginning of this post and find LawyerCT's business in the comments on having a team of professionals remove these for you at a fee.

Comments
Employee of Intelius here. I can assure you that we take opt-outs very serious and do everything in our power to ensure that once opted out you will no longer appear on our site(s).

Another opt-out that seems to be missing is LexisNexis.

for PublicRecordsNow.com

http://www.public-records-now.com/static/view/help#RemoveFromRecords

Employee of Acxiom here. The Direct Marketing Association (the-dma.org) is the legitimate trade group of direct marketing companies. If you opt out at the-dma.org, it will be accepted by almost all legitimate datamining companies. DO NOT USE THE ONLINE SERVICES THAT SAY THEY WILL OPT OUT OF EVERYTHING FOR YOU! These "services" send an opt out on your behalf that will be ignored by all the major marketers/dataminers because they only accept opt-outs from individual consumers. The "services" that send opt-outs en masse will collect your info to spam you later. As far as I know, the DMA is the only external organization that Acxiom will honor an opt-out from.



Though, their opt-out requirements are pretty... stringent.
http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/j1mit/how_to_remove_yourself_from_all_background_check/

Magda Hassan
07-28-2011, 07:18 AM
I still think there would be some companies which do background checks for employers etc (such as this one http://www.socialintelligencehr.com/home) that are not included here but this is the bulk of them.