Police Officers and Veterans may want to consider removing their personal information from people search sites

Are you a Military Veteran or a Law Enforcement Officer?  Have you ever thought about how easy it would be for someone to track you down and find some of the most personal details of your life even with them only knowing a little bit of information about you to start with?  If someone only knew your first and last name, a state where you probably lived and a guess for your age, they can find out where you live, names and addresses for family members, and more.

Have you ever seriously considered what information someone could find out about you with less than a minute of searching and little to no money invested in the search?  Results will vary based on the site, but most people search sites will provide the following information in a record for someone that was searched in their system:

  • Full name (First, Middle and Last names)
  • Current and previous addresses
  • Current and previous phone numbers
  • Criminal and Traffic records
  • Property and land purchase or sale information
  • Bankruptcy and other court records
  • Name of family members, associates and neighbors (with links to their records which contain information about them)
  • Some people search sites will provide information about average household income
  • Some people search sites will provide license information such as concealed carry, hunting, fishing, boating, etc..

All the information above can be learned by only knowing the first and last name and the city and or state where they likely live.  A little scary, huh? You may also be able to find the information above by doing a reverse search on a phone number.

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Some sites will provide the information for free while some may charge a fee for the record or require a searcher to subscribe to their search service.  Regardless, with very little effort, your information can be found and it can be found fast.Do you remember the news reports about the “ISIS Hit Lists” that supposedly listed the names and addresses of many U.S. Servicemembers?  Well, while ISIS wanted the world to think that they had breached U.S. Government servers and obtained the information, but news reports have stated that instead, they simply found names of Servicemembers from news articles and used google to find personal information about that Servicemember.  Think about how easy it was for them to see an article mentioning John Doe from Anytown, U.S.A. doing good things for his or her country overseas, then being able to use the name and location to find out where they live, names of family members and neighbors, phone numbers, and more.

We have a list of 29 people search sites that are commonly used.  These people search sites, while not required by law, do provide some sort of method to request to remove your personal information, suppress the information or edit the information stored in their systems.  The problem is that a lot of people don’t want to spend the time to go to each site and request to have their information removed.  To make it even more difficult, the process to request to remove our info is not the same for each site.  Some of the people search sites will allow you to request the removal via an online form, some by U.S. Mail, some by email and some by fax.  Each site is different and we have the directions for each site listed in this list of people search sites.

We do not charge to remove your personal information nor do we do it for you.  We simply provide the directions on how you can request to remove your personal information from people search sites.

Here is the kicker. You have to request to remove your information from each site individually and that is not going to happen overnight.  It is going to take time, but if you really want to scrub as much of your personal information from these people search sites as you can, then you will take the time to do so.

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Now, how about a little bit of bad news for you before you either choose to head off and start requesting to remove your info from the people search sites or just go back to surfing the internet not too worried that someone will have access to your personal information.  The bad news is that the information compiled by the people search sites and presented in an easy to search and read format is publicly accessible information.  The information comes from federal, state, county and municipal records and databases. The information comes from marriage and death records, voter registration ballots, change of address forms, utility information and more.  The information may also have come from magazine subscriptions you had 15 years ago, newspaper subscriptions, contests you entered, websites and apps your registered for and maybe had to provide some information such as your zip code or average household income and plenty of other sources.  The sources of information are almost impossible to track down in their entirety and unless you are able to go directly to all the sources, you will always be playing a game of whack-a-mole trying to limit access to your personal information online.

Here is how I look at this.  Anyone that I have come into contact with that wants to know where I live or where my family members live, is probably a pretty lazy person.  They may use one or two people search sites and if no information is returned to them, they will probably give up.  The odds of someone using 25 plus people search sites in an attempt to learn my personal information is very slim and if they do succeed, then good for them.  I am sure that by removing my personal information from as many people search sites as I have, I have stopped plenty of other people from being able to find my family and I easily.

If you do think that you would like to start removing your personal information from these people search sites, just follow the instructions for the people search sites listed on this page.

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