Uklanjanje bijelih stranica - Kako ukloniti vaše podatke iz pretraživanja Spokeo, WhitePages, MyLife, People Finder i još mnogo toga (Vodič za 2020)

Jeste li znali da postoji super skriptan podzemni svijet web stranica koje prodaju vaše osobne podatke onome što će im jezivi rando platiti?

Čak i ako niste na društvenim mrežama, nasumični tipovi stalkera mogu pristupiti svim vrstama činjenica o vama, uključujući:

  • Tvoje godine
  • Vaš status veze i povijest braka
  • Adrese e-pošte i telefonski brojevi koje ste koristili
  • Mjesta u kojima ste živjeli i vaša trenutna adresa
  • Sve sudske spise koje imate (uključujući karte i uhićenja)
  • Pa čak i informacije o vašoj djeci. Vaša djeca!

Sve je to super jezivo, i u bilo kojem zdravom svijetu to bi bilo protuzakonito. No čini se da je to barem poluzakonito. Riječ je o industriji vrijednoj više milijardi dolara.

Možda ste čuli za Equifax, Experian, Transunion i druge "posrednike podataka". Oni su prilično ukorijenjeni i čak surađuju s američkom vladom.

Ali postoji čitava kategorija posrednika podataka za koje možda niste čuli, a koji sve vaše privatne podatke umotavaju u moderne SaaS platforme, a zatim ih prodaju svima koji su spremni mjesečno platiti naknadu.

Kako ukloniti svoje podatke s ovih web stranica tipa People Finder

Dobra vijest je da možete isključiti mnoge od ovih web stranica jednim postupkom potvrde e-pošte.

U ovom članku provest ću vas kako isključiti neke od najvećih u jednom sjedenju. Posebno:

  • Spokeo
  • Tragač za ljudima
  • Pronalazači ljudi
  • PrivateEye.com
  • MyLife.com
  • Intelije
  • Zaviri u tebe
  • Provjereno
  • I njihov djed svih: WhitePages.com

Imajte na umu da ovih web stranica ima na desetke, a nove se pojavljuju svake godine. Jedini dugoročni odgovor na to bit će pritisak na američku vladu da bolje regulira ovu industriju ili da je u potpunosti zabrani.

Sa svim ovim web mjestima lako se osjećate beznadno. No, svaka web lokacija od koje se odjavite malo smanjuje vjerojatnost da će vas netko pokušati progoniti ili ukrasti vaš identitet.

Ovo je vrijedno vašeg vremena i truda u borbi. Pa krenimo.

Prvo pravilo borbe protiv posrednika podataka: Ne dajte im više svojih podataka

Prije nego što započnete s izlaskom, trebali biste poduzeti nekoliko mjera predostrožnosti kako ne biste na kraju dali zlim korpusima još više svojih podataka:

  1. Preporučujem upotrebu VPN-a ako ga imate. VPN može prikriti vašu IP adresu i lokaciju. A ako stvarno želite sigurnost, možete čak postaviti vlastiti VPN poslužitelj.
  2. Anonimni način može spriječiti ove web stranice da pristupe vašim kolačićima, lokalnoj pohrani, podacima o samodovršavanju i ostalim podacima koje ste možda spremili u preglednik. Ako ste u Chromeu, možete otvoriti anonimni prozor klikom na traku izbornika "Datoteka", a zatim "Novi anonimni prozor".
  3. Konačno, za potvrde e-pošte preporučujem upotrebu privremene usluge e-pošte poput 10minutemail.com. Na ovaj način ovim posrednicima podataka ne dajete trenutnu adresu e-pošte. Nakon toga potvrdu možete proslijediti na vlastiti osobni e-mail radi evidencije.

Također imajte na umu da će se ovaj članak usredotočiti na posrednike podataka s "malo voćem" gdje je dovoljna jednostavna potvrda e-poštom za uklanjanje vaših podataka.

Puno je drugih posrednika podataka koji zahtijevaju od vas da preskačete obruče poput pozivanja, slanja fizičkih pisama, faksiranja (da - faksiranjem) ili čak slanja kopije osobnog dokumenta kako biste potvrdili svoj identitet. Ako uspijete napraviti vremena za to, pozdravljam vas. Ovaj članak ipak će vam pomoći ako za to nemate vremena.

Opet, neću pokrivati ​​ove vrste teško dostupnih posrednika podataka, već ću se usredotočiti na slabo visi plodove.

Na kraju svoje sesije trebali biste imati pretinac s potvrdama o odjavi, poput ovog.

Kako se isključiti iz pretraživanja Spokeo

Korak 1: Idite na Spokeo.com i tamo se nađite.

Korak 2: Kopirajte URL iz adresne trake. Ovo će vam trebati za odjavu.

Korak 3: Idite na //www.spokeo.com/optout

Korak 4: Zalijepite URL svog Spokeo profila i unesite svoju adresu e-pošte. Pripremite se za prepoznavanje nekih autobusa i semafora u captchi. (Da, danas ćete ovo puno raditi.)

Korak 5: Provjerite svoju e-poštu za potvrdu i slijedite njegove upute.

Kako ukloniti svoje podatke s MyLife.com pretraživanja

Ne postoji način da MyLife isključite izravno na webu, pa ćete im morati poslati e-poštu. Ako to učinite, morat ćete uključiti neke podatke u svoju e-poštu, ali možete uključiti podatke koji su već navedeni na njihovoj web lokaciji.

Korak 1: Pronađite svoj zapis na MyLife.com

Korak 2: Morat ćete im poslati e-poštu na [email protected], s naslovom "opt-out". Evo predloga koji ćete koristiti u svojoj e-pošti:

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.

Kako se isključiti iz pretraživača People Finder

Nažalost, isključeno je traženje aplikacije People Finder. Kako zgodno za njih i njihove načine krađe podataka.

Ali dobre vijesti - proveo sam još nekoliko istraživanja i vjerujem da i dalje možete onemogućiti PeopleFinder isključenjem putem njegove matične tvrtke Intelius. To bi vas također trebalo isključiti iz nekoliko drugih web mjesta s malim posrednicima podataka koje Intelius posjeduje.

Kako se onemogućiti pretraživanje Inteliusa i uklanjanje podataka s mnogih web lokacija tipa WhitePages

Ovo bi vas trebalo isključiti iz PeopleFinder-a, kao i nekoliko drugih web mjesta za posredovanje podataka.

1. korak: Idite na //www.intelius.com/opt-out/submit/

Korak 2: Potražite sebe. Kad se nađete, unesite svoju adresu e-pošte.

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.

If you find any other data broker websites that people can easily opt-out of, please send me a DM on Twitter.

Stay safe out there.

– Quincy