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A simply complicated guide to removing your info from data brokers
I've compiled a list of data
aggregators, data brokers, direct marketing firms, and others who trade
personal data. Many of these are very quickly dealt with via web forms,
but others require a letter and a copy of a photo ID. Many of the data
brokers came from my notes, but others have come from Reddit threads,
and stopdatamining.me. All sources were fairly out of date, so I've gone
through and listed the current contact info and process for each. Feel
free to pass it along and let me know if there are any errors or
omissions. ^_^
When you look at the list of data brokers, it's easy to get overwhelmed.
If you only have a little time to spend on this, I recommend:
- Look at Spokeo.com, and ask for any records on you to be removed via
their web form.
- Opt-out at the Direct Marketing Association (many companies use this
list to automatically remove people).
https://dmachoice.thedma.org/register.php
- Remove unused apps from your phone and social media accounts to
limit data loss.
Quick reminder: other than credit reporting agencies, no one should ask
for your social security number or tax ID while opting out. When
sending a copy of your ID, mark out the ID number and photo.
== Credit Reporting Agencies ==
There's not a good way to fully opt-out of credit reporting. Get a free
annual credit report via annualcreditreport.com (if you have a social
security number or tax ID number). I highly recommend requesting via
snail mail and requesting that errors be removed. You can also opt-out
of pre-approved credit card & loan offers, which is a common vector for
identity theft.
Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX)
https://help.equifax.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2/noIntercept/1/kw/prescreen
Opt-out by: Email, Phone, or Mail
Phone: 1-888-567-8688
Website: www.optoutprescreen.com
Address:
Equifax Information Services LLC
P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374-0123
Experian plc (LON:EXPN)
http://www.experian.com/privacy/opting_out_preapproved_offers.html
Opt-out by: Phone or Website
Phone: 1-888-567-8688
Website: www.optoutprescreen.com
TransUnion Corp.
http://www.transunion.com/corporate/business/datareporting/support/opt-out.page
Opt-out by: Email, Phone, or Mail
Phone: 1-888-567-8688
Website: www.optoutprescreen.com
Address:
TransUnion
Name Removal Option
P.O. Box 505
Woodlyn, PA 19094
Innovis, Inc. https://www.innovis.com/InnovisWeb/pers_lc_opt_out.html
Opt-out by: Phone, Mail, Fax, or Website
Phone: 1-800-540-2505
Fax: 1-877-314-0017
Website: www.optoutprescreen.com
Address:
Innovis
Attn: Consumer Assistance
P.O. Box 1640
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO)
http://www.myfico.com/policy/privacypolicy.aspx
Opt-out by: Email or Phone
Notes: While you may not have heard of Fair Isaac, you've definitely
heard of credit scores. The scores are created by FICO from information
from one of the three credit reporting agencies above. And if you've
used one of their products directly, they do keep a fair bit of data.
But opting out of sharing is easy. =)
Email: SharingOptOut@FICO.com
Phone: 1-888-342-6336
LexisNexis Group http://www.lexisnexis.com/privacy/
Opt-out by: Mail or Website (in some cases)
Notes: LN isn't a credit reporting agency per se, but is maintaining a
large amount of data that is frequently incorrect. To comply with the
FCRA, they do allow people to obtain their own file, and to correct
errors.
Obtain your information via mail:
https://personalreports.lexisnexis.com/access_your_full_file_disclosure.jsp
Pre-approved offer opt-out:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/risk/prescreened-offers-optout/
Full opt-out online: Fully opting out of LexisNexis's system is only
possible for people who are in physical danger or who've faced identity
theft.
Website:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/privacy/for-consumers/opt-out-of-lexisnexis.aspx
== Data Brokers ==
Spokeo.com http://www.spokeo.com/opt_out/new
Opt-out by: Website
Notes: Find your profiles, and submit them via the web form. They will
be removed within a few days.
PeekYou.com http://www.peekyou.com/about/contact/optout/index.php
Opt-out by: Website
Notes: Find your profiles, and submit the unique ID from them to have
them removed.
Pipl https://pipl.com/help/remove/
Notes: Refuses to allow opt-outs. Frequently incorrect info aggregated
from across the internet.
WhitePages.com
Notes: To remove information, you must first make an account.
Step-by-step instructions:
https://support.whitepages.com/hc/en-us/articles/203263794-Remove-my-listing-from-Whitepages-
Epsilon Data Management, LLC
https://www.epsilon.com/en_US/for-consumer/marketing-data-summary-request.html
Notes: Epsilon is one of the largest data brokers, and has bought up
several smaller data brokers to obtain their databases (such as Abacus
Corp). Opt-outs may take up to three months to process.
Opt-out by: Email, Telephone, Mail
Email: privacy@epsilon.com (US), emeaprivacy@epsilon.com (EU/EEA),
apac-privacy@epsilon.com (Asia)
Phone: 1-888-780-3869
North America:
Epsilon,
Attention: Privacy Manager,
2550 Crescent Drive,
Lafayette, CO 80026
EU & EEA region:
Epsilon International,
Attention: Privacy,
Teddington House,
67 Broad Street,
Teddington,
Middlesex TW11 8QZ, UK
Asian-Pacific region:
Epsilon International-APAC,
Attention: Privacy,
Room 2601, 26/F,
Hopewell Center,
183 Queen’s Road East,
Wanchai,
Hong Kong
Acxiom Corporation (NSDQ:AXCM)
https://isapps.acxiom.com/optout/optout.aspx
Opt-out by: Website or Phone
Notes: For best results,
Email: consumeradvo@acxiom.com (inquiries)
Phone: 1-877-774-2094
Intelius, Inc. https://www.intelius.com/optout.php
Opt-out by: Website, Fax, or Mail
Notes: Intelius runs a number of "people finder" and "background
check" websites. This opt-out form will apply to all of them. You must
provide an ID (faxed, scanned, or mailed) to opt-out.
Fax: 1-425-974-6194
Address:
Intelius Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 4145
Bellevue, WA 98009-4145
Ameridex http://ameridex.com/
Opt-out by: Email or Mail
Notes: Primarily public vital records (eg birth & death)
Email: info@ameridex.com
Address:
Ameridex
PO Box 193061
San Francisco, CA
94119-3051
BeenVerified
http://www.beenverified.com/opt-out-instructions
Opt-out by: Website or Email (privacy@beenverified.com)
Notes: Profile removed within 24 hours via the website.
Find profile: https://www.beenverified.com/f/optout/search
Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE:HHS) http://www.hartehanks.com/privacy
Opt-out by: Email
Notes: Ask how to have your personal information removed. For
advertising data, see Digital Advertising Alliance below.
Email: privacychoices@hartehanks.com
People Smart ("Email Finder," others)
https://www.peoplesmart.com/optout-policy
Opt-out by: Website, email, or mail
Notes: People Smart offers an API to companies, so opting out here may
remove data from other sites. Look up your profile with no City&State to
get all results. Can take 3-14 days to have data removed.
Find profile: https://www.peoplesmart.com/optout-go
Email: privacy@peoplesmart.com
Address:
People Smart
Privacy Department
P.O. Box 391146
Omaha, NE 68139
InfoPay EmailTracer http://www.emailtracer.com/tos.php
Opt-out by: Fax or Mail
Notes: They ask for a lot of info to opt-out. Only provide them with
what you can see in their database (full name, address, and photo ID).
Fax: 1-617-993-9946
Find profile: http://www.emailtracer.com
Address:
EmailTracer Opt Out Compliance Dept.
P.O. Box 990043
Boston, MA 02199
LocatePLUS https://www.locateplus.com/privacy.asp Mail Pay $25. Mail
information requested.
Opt-out by: Email, mail, phone
Notes: States they can't remove "third party" data. Primarily sells
data to law enforcement and bill collectors. Their website heavily
implies that they can give social security numbers and other identifying
info to anyone with a business tax ID.
Email: customerservice@locateplus.com
Phone: 1-888-746-3463
Address:
LocatePLUS
2 Corporation Way
Suite 150
Peabody, MA 01960
People Finders.ws http://www.people-finders.ws/privacy.aspx?popup=true
(Same company as veromi.net & peoplesearchnow.com)
Opt-out by: Mail
Notes: They ask for a laundry list of personal info to process an
opt-out. It's a good idea to find records and include the links in your
request.
Address:
Opt-Out/People-Finders.ws
1821 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
PeopleFinders.com http://www.peoplefinders.com/privacy.aspx
Opt-out by: Website
Notes: Look up information and click "That's Me," then click "Opt out
my info" on the next page. You may need to check in cities you used to
live in to find your profile.
Find profile: http://www.peoplefinders.com/manage
Peoplelookup.com (Intelius) http://www.peoplelookup.com/privacy.php
Spock.com
Opt-out by: Using Intelius opt-out method above.
PeopleSearchNow.com http://www.peoplesearchnow.com/privacy
Opt-out by: Mail
Notes: They require people to fill out a form:
http://www.peoplesearchnow.com/Opt%20Out%20Request%20Form_PSN.docx
Address:
Opt-Out/PeopleSearchNow.com
1821 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone Detective https://www.phonedetective.com/PD.aspx?_act=OptOut
Opt-out by: Website
Notes: Quickly remove one's phone number.
Email: privacy@phonedetective.com
PrivateEye
http://www.privateeye.com/Help/default.aspx?from=hys0359866156&piid=03#RemoveFromRecords
Opt-out by: Website or Mail
Notes: Because this is several services, they mistakenly (?) direct
visitors to People Finders to find/remove info.
Find/remove profile: http://www.peoplefinders.com/manage
Address:
Opt-Out/PrivateEye.com
1821 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
PublicBackgroundChecks.com
http://www.publicbackgroundchecks.com/privacypolicy.aspx
Opt-out by: Mail
Notes: They ask for a lot of info to opt-out. Only provide them with
what you can see in their database (full name, address, and photo ID).
Address:
Public Background Checks
305 5th Avenue S, Suite 201
La Crosse, WI 54601
PublicRecordsNOW http://www.publicrecordsnow.com/static/view/privacy
Opt-out by: Mail
Notes: They ask for a lot of info to opt-out. Only provide them with
what you can see in their database (full name, address, and photo ID).
Address:
Opt-Out/PublicRecordsNow
1821 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
USA People Search http://www.usa-people-search.com/help.aspx#p3
Opt-out by: https://www.usa-people-search.com/manage/
Notes: Search database, find yourself, then select that record for
removal.
US Search.com (Intelius)
http://www.ussearch.com/consumer/ala/landing.do?did=590
Opt-out by: Mail or Fax
Notes: You must provide a copy of your ID and a letter with your name,
address, and date of birth to opt out.
Fax: 1-425-974-6194
Address:
Intelius Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 4145
Bellevue, WA 98009-4145
Veromi.net http://www.veromi.net/privacy.aspx (Same company as
people-finders.ws)
Opt-out by: Mail
Notes: They ask for a laundry list of personal info to process an
opt-out. It's a good idea to find records and include the links in your
request.
Address:
Opt-Out/Veromi.net
1821 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Westlaw (Thompson Reuters Corp.)
http://static.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/static/pdf/opt_out_form.pdf
Opt-out by: Mail
Notes: They only allow opt-out for people who are in physical danger,
are a judge or public official, or are a victim of identity theft.
ZABA Inc. http://www.zabasearch.com/privacy.php
Opt-out by: Fax
Notes: Include a copy of your ID with your request.
Fax: 1-425-974-6194
== Online Marketing ==
Digital marketing firms also conduct monitoring and correlation of user
data. This is most noticeable with "retargeting," the phenomena where
ads seem to follow you around the internet. Opting out won't keep ads
from displaying, but helps limit retargeting and self-reinforcing ad
cycles.
Advertiser 1: You looked at dog food yesterday, so you *must* have a
dog, right? We'll show you more ads about dog food so maybe you'll buy
*our* dog food next time.
Advertiser 2: Because you're seeing lots of ads about dogfood, you must
have a dog, right?
Network Advertising Initiative (NAI):
http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/#completed
Opt-out by: Website checklist
Notes: Allows people to opt-out of several ad networks at once.
Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA): www.aboutads.info/choices/
Opt-out by: Website checklist
Notes: Allows people to opt-out of several ad networks at once.
European Interactive Digital Adverting Alliance (EDAA):
http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/
Opt-out by: Website checklist
Notes: Select your country and it will guide you through the process.
Google Ads: https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/ads/authenticated?hl=en
Opt-out by: Website settings
Notes: Partial opt-out. Must be logged into Google account to adjust
settings. This would seem to be most useful to regular Google or Chrome
users.
Oracle / Eloqua / BlueKai / DataLogix Holdings:
Opt-out by: Website settings or Mail
"Marketing Cloud": Must be conducted on each browser you want
protected, since it's done via cookies.
Website: https://www.oracle.com/marketingcloud/opt-status.html
"Offline Data": To remove offline data, you must send a letter with a
copy of photo ID.
Address:
Chief Privacy Officer, Oracle
10 Van de Graaff Drive
Burlington, MA 01803
== Direct Marketers ==
If you get a lot of junk mail, opting out of these will help a bit.
These databases are also frequently traded, so if you're trying to keep
your home address off the internet, it can be a good idea to opt-out.
Direct Marketing Association (DMA):
https://dmachoice.thedma.org/register.php
Opt-out by: Website
Notes: Many companies use this database to automatically remove people
who don't want to receive flyers, etc.
Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (NYSE:DNB)
http://www.dnb.com/utility-pages/privacy-policy.html
Phone: 1-800-234-3867
Email (US): customerservice@dnb.com (opt-out) or
privacyofficer@dnb.com (inquiry)
Email (EU): customerhelp@dnb.co.uk or EUDPO@dnb.com
Notes: They collect data on businesses and individuals, then
sell/provide to third-parties. DNB is a *very* large organization --
most businesses in the US have a DNB number, and a company's DNB file
acts as sort of credit report for business-to-business lending/services.
Cox Target Media (Valpak coupons)
https://www.valpak.com/coupons/show/mailinglistsuppression
Opt-out by: Website
Notes: Fill in address to be removed from mailing lists.
Infogroup Inc.
https://www.infousa.com/infogroup-consumer-choice-and-resource-center/
Opt-out by: Email, Phone, Fax, or Mail
Notes: You must provide a copy of your ID and a letter with your name,
address, and date of birth to opt out.
Email: contentfeedback@infogroup.com
Phone: 1-800-794-1404
Fax: 1-402-836-3993
Address:
Infogroup
Attn: Content Feedback
1020 E 1st St
Papillion, NE 68046
Meredith Corporation http://www.meredith.com/privacy.html#howwedisclose
Opt-out by: Website or Mail
Website: http://www.meredith.com/offlinePrivacy.html
Address:
Meredith Corporation
Opt-out Postal: Attn Circulation
1716 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Merkle, Inc. http://www.merkleinc.com/privacy
Opt-out by: Use DMA opt-out method. They remove data that matches DMA
opt-out records.
Reader's Digest (and other Trusted Media brands)
http://tmbi.com/privacy-policy/
Opt-out by: Email, Phone, or Mail
Notes: They distribute snail-mail ads, telemarketing calls, and sell
personal info to advertisers.
Email: customercare@rd.com
Phone: 1-877-342-4775
Address:
Trusted Media Brands, Inc.
PO Box 6095
Harlan, IA 51593
Suarez Corporation Industries http://www.suarez.com/privacy-policy/
Opt-out by: Email, Phone, or Mail
Notes: Direct mail marketer.
Email: cserv@suarez.com
Phone: 330-494-4282
Address:
7800 Whipple Ave N.W.
North Canton, OH 44720
Valassis Communications / RedPlum http://www.valassis.com/
Opt-out by: Website
Notes: Junk mail; coupons and flyers.
Website: https://www.redplum.com/tools/redplum-postal-addremove.html
== Telemarketers ==
National Do Not Call Registry (US)
Opt-out: https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx
Notes: Not all telemarketers comply with the Do Not Call list, but
calling people who are on the list is a violation of FTC rules. As of
2016, reported violations have generated $74M in penalties.
== License ==
Public domain. Please send updates to Griffin Boyce
<griffin@cryptolab.net>
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Sw1tchWolf commented Feb 13, 2018

To opt out of Quanki.com, find your profile on their site and submit the full link to http://quanki.com/ra.php

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