The amount of information you can find on the Internet can be astonishing, especially when it comes to your own personal information. There are hundreds of websites that allow people to search for not only your name but also where you live and how to get hold of you. If you don't want this information to be known, there are a few key steps you must take to keep your personal profile from becoming public.
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Determine whether you are on their list. Visit various people finder sites, and enter your name to see if they have information about you.
Choose the opt-out option. Some people-search websites offer the option to be taken off their search lists. Find which sites offer this option by visiting privacyrights.org. (This site lists the people search websites. It also tells whether or not an opt-out process is available.) Most of these require that you fill out a form with your personal information. (For some websites, you need to first search on your name to find the remove tool. Others may have a privacy button that you can click at the bottom of the page.) Sites such intelius.com require you to send or fax a copy of your driver's license (to verify that you are you) in order to be taken off their site. This process can take as long as six weeks before you are off the site.
Send an email. If the website does not offer a removal option, send them an email. Most sites that require payment for searches may be harder to convince to remove your information. State in the email (or letter if you prefer) that you wish to be taken off their list. (Sending an email to several people at the website may help you get a response faster.) In some instances, you may need to get a court order to be removed.
Be more private. Search engines gather your information when you register at a website or even pay for something online. Use different personal information to help protect yourself. (If you are at a website that requires registration, use an alias with your regular email account. This will make it harder for the search engines to know who is who.) Have your name removed from the public record at your local courthouse to prevent sites from gathering and selling your information.