Free Website Reveals Your Address History and Names of Relatives (Opt Out)

magIf you don’t like the idea of anyone being able to look up your address history and the names of all your relatives, you may want to enter your name into this website. Depending on the information it has gathered on your from public records, it may list personal information about you such as:

  • Your current and past addresses.
  • Names and birth years of your parents, siblings, cousins, and in-laws.
  • All of their current and past addresses.
  • Any variations of your name ever used.

While all of this information is technically in the public domain, I don’t know of any other website that has it organized in such an accessible manner that is both free and does not require any registration. The website was so detailed that it included addresses that even I had forgotten about, as well as name of relatives that I barely know (which is the intended upside, I suppose). I’m more worried about the downside.

The good news is that the website will delete your information upon request. First, you may want to save whatever information they collected about you into a PDF. Next, I would try visiting this opt-out link directly and following the directions carefully. Alternatively, you can follow the opt-out instructions in this Time article. It only takes a minute, and my name record was removed within 48 hours as promised. Found via Bogleheads.

Comments

  1. That seems quite scary that anyone can find this information. Luckily I am in Australia so I believe I should be safe. Scary none the less.

  2. Devin H Salisbury says:

    This is the type of thing that makes your blog so valuable. Thanks.

  3. Hello,

    Does this require that those connected to you contact them as well? Do I need my mom, sister, etc. to contact and request removal?

  4. Linda Buchanan says:

    I went all through it and never found the red button to Opt Out. Of course in the process, I had to give them my email address so now I will get more junk mail.

  5. I entered my name and clicked the “Start your journey link” and got a “no records found” result. Did you do something more in depth to see all your results?

  6. The opt out button is at the top of the first page.

  7. Did anyone see addresses, I didn’t see any?

    Jonathan, how is your age/ birth year “public domain”? Is there a public resource you’re aware of that makes that information available to the publice (pardon any redundancy).

    Based on the siblings/counsins/in-laws listed I’m guessing they scour FB profiles to compile connections, and match that with data from other source(s) (I had to check my FB settings just now to check my profile settings).

  8. Ever the skeptic, my concern in choosing to opt out is that they now have more information, such as email, to try to dig up more info they may be compiling for another purpose.

  9. I must be lucky, I didn’t show up on the website. I was surprised to find numerous people with same name and birth year.

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