How to Remove Your Name From People Searches

By Angela De Schrijver

Websites such as ZabaSearch, Intelius and PeopleFinders.com are part of a growing, multi-billion dollar data brokerage industry. Although most of your basic information –full name, age, address, phone number and marital status – is either public information or public record, you might not want inquisitive strangers, coworkers, potential employers and former friends or spouses viewing it. Thankfully, most of these online data brokers enable you to opt out of being in their databases, but you have to remove your name from each one separately.

Things You'll Need

  • Scanner or Fax Machine

ZabaSearch

Step 1

Navigate to ZabaSearch.com and click on the “Privacy” link in the lower-left corner of the homepage.

Step 2

Scroll down until you see the section for “How to Remove your Information from Our Database,” and read through the information about your public records.

Step 3

Fax a copy of your state-issued ID card or driver’s license with your photo and license number crossed out to the current fax number referenced in the last paragraph.

Intelius

Step 1

Browse to Intelius.com and click the “Help” link at the bottom of the page. Click “Privacy FAQs” under the Privacy & Security section on the right. Click the link entitled, “How Can I Remove My Information from the Intelius Public Records Databases?” to initiate the removal process and submit proof of identity.

Step 2

Scan a copy of your driver’s license, state-issued ID or a Notarized Identification Verification Form, the latter of which can be found via the link provided in the next to last paragraph of this FAQ.

Step 3

Click the “Submit your Opt-Out Request Online” link directly under the FAQ title to continue. Click the “Browse” button under Step 1 and locate your scanned ID or form. Highlight it and click the “Open” button to insert it into the submission form.

Step 4

Enter your email address in Step 2 if you want to receive confirmation when you’ve been removed from the databases. Indicate any additional records you would like to have removed in the comment box under Step 3, if desired, and click the “Submit Opt-Out” button when done.

PeopleFinders.com

Step 1

Go to PeopleFinders.com and scroll down to the bottom of the homepage. Click the “Help” link and then click the “How Do I remove My Information from Your Website” link under the Privacy section.

Step 2

Click the “click here” link available in the FAQ answer. Enter your first name, last name and state in the Manage Your Public Records form, and click the “Find My Listing” button.

Step 3

Locate your listing and click the “This is Me” button to the right of it. Click the “Opt Out My Info” button to complete the online process and view the confirmation page. No proof of identity is required.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you've successfully removed your personal information from a particular website, be aware that it may reappear at a later if the data broker refreshes its database with new records. So, you may have to initiate the opt-out process again (See Reference 2).