Discover Card Free Online Privacy Protection Review (Opt Out of People Search Sites)

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Discover is offering their credit card and banking customers another free service called Online Privacy Protection (press release). Essentially, it automatically submits opt-out requests at 10 selected “people search sites”. These are creepy websites that scrape your personal information from many different publicly-available databases and then makes money by selling access. I wrote about these invasive sites previously and you may be surprised at how much information about you is floating around out there – age, current and past addresses, phone numbers, and the names of your parents, siblings, children, cousins, and in-laws.

Once catch is that you must access this feature via the Discover app. They are still rolling it out, so it may not be available to everyone yet. I used the QR code from the link and it seemed to find it directly after installing the app.

After signing up for the service, I was disappointed that it didn’t find my name on any of the databases. I was hopeful that was because I already opted out of several of these sites manually a few years ago. However, I still did find some of my information some of the sites. I was hoping this service really might be valuable by saving time, and it still might for you, but it doesn’t seem to be perfect.

Mainly, this exercise just reminded me of how sleazy these people search sites are and the annoying ways they manipulate people to pay them money. Don’t give them a single penny!

Here are the ten sites (not linked on purpose):

  • Addresses.com
  • AnyWho.com
  • InstantCheckmate.com
  • InstantPeopleFinder.com
  • Intelius.com
  • Spokeo.com
  • TruthFinder.com
  • USSearch.com
  • YellowPages.com
  • ZabaSearch.com

I mainly use my Discover card for the 5% cash back categories and the occasional Amazon Pay with Points promos, but I suppose that I do appreciate these side efforts. Besides being one of the first to offer a free FICO score, they also have a free Social Security and Experian credit inquiry alert service.

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Comments

  1. Michael says

    I swear I had opted out on at least some of those sites, but it found me on all 10 and has started the opt out process. We will see how it goes.

  2. I also had opted out of all of those sites, but if found me on 9 of the 10. I had to go under one of my credit card accounts to find the option, it wasn’t listed on the main page or under benefits when I logged in.

  3. This sounded great at first but upon further thought is problematic. I am challenged by the idea of giving away identity verification information with an app that would correspond to a cell number and phone ID. I know Google already has all of this, but I don’t want to make it even easier to verify and update their data. Another problematic thought is that these background sites could pay a website fee for another website and simply transfer the data there, getting around the purpose of the program.

  4. Jonathan,

    Sorry for the out-of-the-topic question…What company do you host your website and Domain Name Registration?

  5. Didn’t remove anything for me

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