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BLOG: How to get your personal data removed from people search websites

Melanie Pinola | March 12, 2013
Data brokers collect your personal information and post it in public profiles. Here's how to get it removed--either on your own or via a service.

Although DeleteMe covers 17 major sites and aggregates, there are three companies on the Reddit list that are not included (i.e., Acxiom, MyLife, and PeopleFinders), so you'll still have to do those yourself.

Whether you choose to do the data removal yourself or hire a company to do it for you, there's one last thing to know: Your success at getting your background details removed may just be temporary. A Wall Street Journal article notes that with these background check sites--notably BeenVerified.com--your data can resurface months after they're removed. Ugh! Until the FTC steps in, we're going to have to fight for our privacy online ourselves.

 

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