Big List of Scary Personal Data Websites + Opt Out Info

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“People would care more about privacy if they knew how exposed they already are online,” says Geoffrey A. Fowler in his WSJ article Your Data Is Way More Exposed Than You Realize. I would have to agree.

I hear this all the time: “I have nothing to hide.” The truth is, pretty much everybody does something online they have reason to keep private.

The full article is behind a paywall, but here are the websites that should scare you into caring. I’ve selectively avoided full linking and added some info of my own as well. Opt out information is included where possible.

  • FamilyTreeNow.com – Public access to your current and past addresses, phone numbers, relatives and associates. See my previous post. Opt out at www.familytreenow.com/optout.
  • TruePeopleSearch.com – Public access to your current and past addresses, phone numbers, relatives and associates. See my previous post. Opt out at www.truepeoplesearch.com/removal.
  • Spokeo.com – Public/paid access to birth month, email, current and past addresses, phone numbers, relatives, social networks and court records. Opt out at spokeo.com/optout.
  • StalkScan.com – Mines data from Facebook to reveal information that can be found publicly. Open to public. You can adjust your Facebook settings, but your friends may also be the source.
  • Google Maps Timeline – Google may be tracking your location all day long and keeping records forever. Not public. You can log in and request your data to be deleted.
  • Google My Activity – Google may be tracking every search and your web browsing history and keeping records. Not public. You can log in and request your data to be deleted.
  • AboutTheData.com – Acxiom is a data broker that uses information to target ads and marketing. I found some unique data on there, although supposedly it’s not public (just up for sale). View/edit/remove data here.

Let me know if you know of any other similar sites. See also:

Comments

  1. Phillip says:

    What is wrong with your web site ?
    Very slow and not very reliable ?

    • I checked and everything looks fine on my end. Please let me know any additional details about the problems you are experiencing and I’ll look into it.

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  4. Alex Coward says:

    Be careful with opting out.

    In today’s upside down world, an opt-out signals that their data is good. This, paradoxically, improves their data and potentially helps them pull even more.

    There is an argument to be made that the best strategy is to ignore them.

  5. Most of my data is wrong, but I opted out anyway. How does this signal that their data is good?

  6. A reader says:

    Found some more:

    1. Whitepages.com

    https://support.whitepages.com/hc/en-us/articles/203263794-Remove-my-listing-from-Whitepages-

    Their opt out guide seems outdated and useless, no idea how to opt out

    2. ZoomInfo.com

    http://www.zoominfo.com/business/about-zoominfo/privacy-center
    http://www.zoominfo.com/lookupEmail

    Not sure if this works or not.

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