Valgete lehtede eemaldamine - kuidas oma teavet Spokeo otsingust, WhitePagesist, MyLife'ist, People Finderist ja muust eemaldada (2020. aasta õpetus)

Kas teadsite, et on olemas ülimalt visandlik veebilehtede allilm, mis müüvad teie isikuandmeid ükskõik millisele jube randole, kes selle eest maksab?

Isegi kui te pole sotsiaalmeedias, pääsevad juhuslikud jälitaja tüübid teie juurde igasugustele faktidele, sealhulgas:

  • Sinu vanus
  • Teie suhtestaatus ja abielulugu
  • Teie kasutatud e-posti aadressid ja telefoninumbrid
  • Teie elatud kohad ja teie praegune aadress
  • Kõik teie käes olevad kohtuaruanded (sealhulgas piletid ja arreteerimised)
  • Ja isegi teavet oma laste kohta. Teie lapsed!

See kõik on ülimalt jube ja igas mõistusega maailmas oleks see ebaseaduslik. Kuid see näib olevat vähemalt pooleldi seaduslik. See on mitme miljardi dollari suurune tööstus, millest räägime.

Võib-olla olete kuulnud Equifaxist, Experianist, Transunionist ja teistest "andmeedastajatest". Need on üsna juurdunud ja teevad isegi koostööd USA valitsusega.

Kuid seal on terve kategooria andmevahendajaid, kellest te pole võib-olla kuulnudki, kes koondavad kõik teie isiklikud andmed tänapäevastesse SaaS-i platvormidesse ja müüvad need seejärel kõigile, kes soovivad kuutasu vähendada.

Kuidas oma andmeid nendelt People Finderi tüüpi veebisaitidelt eemaldada

Hea uudis on see, et saate paljudest neist veebisaitidest loobuda ühe e-posti aadressi kinnitamise protsessiga.

Selles artiklis tutvustan teile, kuidas ühest istungist mõnest suurimast loobuda. Täpsemalt:

  • Spokeo
  • Inimeste leidja
  • Inimeste leidjad
  • PrivateEye.com
  • MinuLife.com
  • Intelius
  • PeekYou
  • Kontrollitud
  • Ja nende kõigi vanaisa: WhitePages.com

Pidage meeles, et neid veebisaite on kümneid ja igal aastal lisandub uusi. Ainus pikaajaline vastus sellele on USA valitsuse surve selle tööstuse paremale reguleerimisele või selle täielik keelustamine.

Kõigi nende saitide olemasolul on lihtne end lootusetuna tunda. Kuid iga sait, millest loobute, vähendab veidi tõenäosust, et keegi üritab teid jälitada või varastada teie identiteeti.

Võitlemiseks on see teie aega ja vaeva väga väärt. Nii et alustame.

Andmemaaklerite vastu võitlemise esimene reegel: ärge andke neile enam oma andmeid

Enne loobumisrežiimi alustamist peaksite võtma mõned ettevaatusabinõud, et te ei annaks neile kurjadele korpusele selle käigus veelgi rohkem teavet:

  1. Soovitan kasutada VPN-i, kui teil seda on. VPN suudab varjata teie IP-aadressi ja asukohta. Ja kui soovite tõesti turvalisust, saate isegi oma VPN-serveri seadistada.
  2. Inkognito režiim võib takistada nendel saitidel juurdepääsu teie küpsistele, kohalikule salvestusruumile, automaatse täitmise andmetele ja muudele teie brauserisse salvestatud andmetele. Kui kasutate Chrome'i, saate inkognito akna avada, klõpsates menüüribal "Fail" ja seejärel nuppu "Uus inkognito aken".
  3. Lõpuks soovitan e-posti kinnitamiseks kasutada ajutist e-posti teenust nagu 10minutemail.com. Nii ei anna te nendele andmevahendajatele oma praegust e-posti aadressi. Pärast saate edastada kinnituse oma isiklikule e-posti aadressile.

Pange tähele ka seda, et see artikkel keskendub "madalalt rippuvate puuviljade" andmevahendajatele, kus teie andmete eemaldamiseks piisab lihtsast e-posti teel kinnitusest.

Leidub veel palju muid andmevahendajaid, kes nõuavad, et te hüppaksite läbi nagu helistamine neile, füüsiliste kirjade saatmine, faksimine (jah - faksimine) või isegi teie isikut tõendava dokumendi koopia saatmine. Kui teil on võimalik selleks aega leida, aplodeerin teile. See artikkel aitab ikkagi, kui teil pole selleks aega.

Jällegi, ma ei hõlma selliseid raskesti ligipääsetavaid andmevahendajaid ja keskendun selle asemel madalalt rippuvatele puuviljadele.

Seansi lõpuks peaks teil olema postkast, mis on täis selliseid loobumiskinnitusi.

Kuidas Spokeo otsingust loobuda

1. samm: minge saidile Spokeo.com ja leidke end seal.

2. samm: kopeerige URL aadressiribalt. Seda vajate loobumiseks.

3. samm: minge saidile //www.spokeo.com/optout

4. samm: kleepige oma Spokeo profiili URL ja sisestage oma e-posti aadress. Olge valmis tuvastama mõned captcha bussid ja foorid. (Jah, sa teed seda täna palju.)

5. samm: kontrollige oma e-posti aadressi ja järgige selle juhiseid.

Kuidas oma teavet MyLife.com otsingust eemaldada

MyLife'ist otse veebis loobumiseks pole võimalust, seega peate saatma neile meilisõnumi. Kui teete seda, peate lisama mõned andmed oma e-kirja, kuid võite lisada ka andmed, mis on juba nende saidil loetletud.

1. samm: leidke oma kirje saidilt MyLife.com

2. samm: peate saatma neile e-posti aadressil [email protected], pealkirjaga „loobumine”. Siin on mall, mida saate oma e-kirjas kasutada:

My name is [NAME]. Remove my records from mylife.com and all of your other databases. To confirm my identity: My date of birth is [DATE OF BIRTH] My current address is [ADDRESS] My past address is [ADDRESS] Here is a link to my record on mylife.com: [LINK] Please email me back to confirm that my data has been deleted. Thank you.

Kuidas inimeste otsinguotsingust loobuda

Kahjuks on People Finderi loobumine katki. Kui mugav neile ja nende andmete varastamise viisidele.

Kuid head uudised - uurisin veel ja usun, et saate ikkagi PeopleFinderist loobuda, loobudes oma emaettevõtte Inteliuse kaudu. Nii tehes peaksite loobuma ka mitmetest teistest Inteliuse omandis olevatest väikeste andmeside vahendajate veebisaitidest.

Kuidas Inteliuse otsingust loobuda ja oma andmed paljudest WhitePages-tüüpi saitidest eemaldada

See peaks teid keelama PeopleFinderist ja mitmetest teistest andmevahendajate saitidest.

1. samm: minge saidile //www.intelius.com/opt-out/submit/

2. samm: otsige ennast. Kui olete ennast leidnud, sisestage oma e-posti aadress.

Step 3: Check your email for the verification email and follow its instructions.

How to Remove your Information from PeopleFinders Search

Yes – PeopleFinder and PeopleFinders are two separate websites that engaged in the same grotesque trade. You'll want to opt out of this one as well.

Step 1: Find your profile on PeopleFinders.com

Step 2: Copy the URL from the address bar. You'll need this to opt out.

Step 3: Go to //www.peoplefinders.com/opt-out

Step 4: Paste in the URL of your PeopleFinders profile and enter your email address. Do some more capcha unpaid labor for Google.

Step 5: Check your email for the verification email and follow its instructions.

Oh yeah, and once you successfully opt out, they'll show you a page with a bunch of broken CSS trying to sell you a subscription service that opts you out of other data broker sites:

How to Remove Your Information from PeekYou Search

Step 1: Find your profile on peekyou.com

Step 2: Copy the unique ID from the address bar. You'll need this to opt out. Here's what this looks like according to their documentation:

Step 3: Go to //www.peekyou.com/about/contact/optout/index.php

Step 4: Paste the ID number of your PeekYou profile into the field, enter your email address, and click on some street photos for Google in the capcha.

Step 5: Check your email for the verification email and follow its instructions.

How to Remove Your Information from WhitePages.com

Of all the "low hanging fruit" data brokers I mention in the list, this is the most inconvenient. But it's not too inconvenient. I was able to do it in about 5 minutes.

Step 1: Find your profile on //www.whitepages.com/

Step 2: Copy the URL from the address bar. You'll need this to opt out.

Step 3: Go to //www.whitepages.com/suppression_requests

Step 4: Paste in the URL of your WhitePages profile.

Step 5: Here's where it gets inconvenient. You need a phone number in order to be able to opt out. I used Google Voice, which I use whenever I don't want to give out my real phone number. You can set up a Google Voice phone number here in a few minutes.

Step 6: WhitePages will show you this poorly-formatted webpage with a 4-digit code and call you.

Step 7: If you have Google Voice open in a different tab, you should get a ringing in your browser and you can answer it. Enter the 4-digit code. And presto – you've opted out.

How to Remove Your Info from BeenVerified Search

Update: In the few days since the time I published this article, BeenVerified may have changed their process again. They may now require you to give them some additional personally identifiable information in order to opt-out.

Step 1: Go to //www.beenverified.com/app/optout/search

Step 2: Find yourself in their search engine.

Step 3: Check your email for the verification email and follow its instructions.

Dishonorable Mentions – Sites That Are Particularly Evil in How They String You Along

PeopleSmart Opt Out is not "easy"

Update October 19, 2020: Twitter user Ryan Smith told me that if you opt out of BeenVerified, you have technically opted-out of PeopleSmart, too. But I had no way of knowing this at the time when I was trying to opt out of PeopleSmart. I've left the following section to show you what me and thousands of other people encountered when I trying to opt-out of PeopleSmart.

There's a data broker called PeopleSmart. Here's what it says about opting out in their FAQ:

They don't "make it easy." They don't even give you a link to their "opt out instructions." As far as I can tell, such a page doesn't even exist.

I did find another page where instead of giving you information about opting out of their service, they give you generic information about how public records work with the misleading URL: //www.peoplesmart.com/data-optout

But I've found plenty of articles suggesting that it was at one point possible to opt out. Now all those links redirect back to this same generic help page. (Like this one: //www.peoplesmart.com/optout-go.)

PrivateEye.com Has Several Now-Broken Opt-Out Links

Update October 21, 2020: PrivateEye.com seems to use the same database as PeopleFinders.com. So if you followed my instructions above to opt-out of PeopleFinders.com, you should now also be opted-out of PrivateEye.com. I've left the following section to show you what me and thousands of other people encountered when I trying to opt-out of PrivateEye.com.

I tried found several old links to opt-out processes. It looks like every once in a while, PrivateEye moves their opt out process. If anyone can find their current one, message me on Twitter and I'll add it here. Here are some of their now-defunct opt-out URLs:

  • //secure.privateeye.com/help/default.aspx#26
  • //www.privateeye.com/static/process_optout
  • //www.privateeye.com/opt-out/submit/

Instant Checkmate Never Actually Sends You The Opt-Out Confirmation Email

You can fill out the form at //www.instantcheckmate.com/opt-out/submit/ but they won't actually send you the confirmation email. I've tried several times from different locations, browsers, turned off ad blockers, and everything.

Also, I turned off my ad blocker and checked to see whether there was just some JavaScript error that was preventing the form from submitting. It looks like Instant Checkmate immediately tries to grab any data in your browser's Local Storage, Session Storage, and even sees if they can get any Facebook data your browser has.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight

These sites are like kudzu. You've got to keep hacking away at them with your digital machete.

I will keep this list updated.

I recommend you bookmark this list and come back to it from time to time to double check and make sure these data broker sites haven't re-listed you. Or that new sites haven't cropped up to sell your data.

I also recommend you link to this list from your own personal website if you can, and help spread the word.

Kui leiate mõnda muud andmeedastuse veebisaiti, millest inimesed saavad hõlpsalt loobuda, saatke mulle Twitteris DM.

Ole seal väljas ohutu.

- Quincy