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March 4, 2017

My information is online. How do I remove it?

Why is my address and phone number online?

Why is my address and phone number online?


Let's talk about how they got your information in the first place, then we will discuss ways you can reduce information leaks. Notice, I didn't say prevent, I'll explain why shortly. You're online, you decided to become part of a social media site like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, or even just a local blog. You start your registration process; Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Home Address, then you start to link your contacts, friends, family, co-workers, etc. Wait! Did you read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy? Probably not. Let's use Facebook as an example. During the signup process there is a link that allows you to read the Terms of Service. Most people just click "Yes I agree" and disregard the information. If you take the time to read it you'll see the information they collect about you:
 
 

So what does that mean?

Bottom line is you're being tracked while online and offline by Facebook, their companies and their partners. Have you noticed you'll search for something online and the next time you're surfing your feed on Facebook an ad for that product or a related search pops up? Now you're starting to see the bigger picture. They are selling your information in the form of advertising! Yes, that also means they sell your data to other parties.

I didn't give them permission to do that!


Actually you did:

 
 

What you can do to protect your information:

Now that you understand how your information became available in the first place, now you can understand how to remove it. First you'll need to seek out ever public data site on the web. There are literally hundreds. Then you'll need to request removal from each site. Some sites have a free online form, others charge a fee, and some require a Notarized letter requesting removal as proof of identity. That's a lot of work! You're right. It is a lot of work. It takes a great deal of time to do the removal and there are services, such as Litigation Investigators, or other Private Investigators that can help you get through this. No one can guarantee removal, or even 100% removal from all websites, but if the major sites no longer expose your information then it's one less thing to worry about. Here's a few quick tips on protecting your identity now that you know that no matter what, public record is public record. These sites have a legal right to post and resell your information that is considered public record. What is Public Record? Definition: a register of the legal transactions, proceeding, rules and statutes, laws and regulations that is kept on file to be able to be referred to if needed. (Black's Law Dictionary)

Things you can do to protect your information:

Read and understand site Terms of Service and Data/Privacy Policies before you register.

Request Removal.

Request the 3 Credit Bureaus place a security freeze on your credit file(s).

Purchase an Identity Theft Protection Service (Policy).

Hire a Private Investigator to perform an in-depth records search and help you evaluate what potential confidential information is exposed.

Great I did all that. Does that mean no one can get my information?

No!

No matter how much you try and hide you will leave a trace or digital fingerprint. There are methods you can do to keep you "off the grid," but they are unrealistic for most people. The bottom line is to prevent information from being freely handed over and protect the confidential information from reaching the wrong hands. Bare in mind that there are legal reasons why your information, and yes even your confidential information such as your Social Security Number and Date of Birth, can be accessed. Also keep in mind that access requires a legal reason and specific clearance to do so. Many Private Investigators have access to information from Government Sources, Private Proprietary Databases, Motor Vehicle Records, Public Records and multiple other methods of securing every tidbit of confidential information about a subject that they are investigating. This information is secure and cannot be accessed by the general public. (Note: In California it takes 6,000 hour of on the job training and education, a FBI and DOJ Background Check, and an applicant must pass a state issued exam as well as meet multiple other requirements prior to being able to access such information. Simply because someone is licensed that doesn't mean that they have access. It means that if they meet the additional security measures imposed by each entity they request information access from that they could potentially be granted access if they have legal cause.) Here's an article that gives a clear chart of the difference between information you find on site like True People Search in comparison to hiring a Private Investigator for information sourcing: http://litigationinvestigators.com/2015/03/17/19-95-background-search-good-deal-wrong/

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