Data Brokers like BeenVerified, Instant Checkmate, and MyLife are Making it Harder to Opt-Out
Data brokers like BeenVerified, Instant Checkmate, and MyLife have new ways of crawling the web, making it more difficult to remove your listing from Google. DeleteMe experts know how to deal with these stubborn sites and remove your info.
Opting-Out of BeenVerified, Instant Checkmate, and MyLife Just Got Harder
Several data brokers have begun a new search types, in addition to the typical people searches. In these new methods, a person can type a phone number or other piece of information, and the data broker will crawl Google in real time, not just their own database.
When you complete an opt-out on a data broker site, that means that your information is removed from their people search database, in accordance with most data brokers’ privacy policies. This means that, in some cases, even if you have performed their opt-out procedure, they can still find your information and compile a report.
In the past, information that had been previously removed could return to the site because data brokers periodically re-populate their sites with personal information. But now, they are going a step further.
Here are some of the sites that have began using these new methods of searching:
In the past, opting-out of BeenVerified’s main database just meant submitting an opt-out request and confirming it over email. After this, information was removed immediately.
BeenVerified has begun a new type of search, where you can search by home address. There needs to be a separate opt-out request to remove yourself from this database. They have opt-out processes for people search and address, but not for phone or email search. Phone search opt-outs can be completed via email.
Fast People Search
The opt-out procedure will only work on the Search section of Fast People Search. If there was a listing in a Google Search result from Fast People Search, the listing will still be available for viewing, even after the opt-out. We’ve discovered that this is likely because of a caching issue and a miscommunication between the data broker and Google.
For this site, you must remove each individual who lived at your address for your listing to be removed. Like BeenVerified, they have multiple search options which affect the opt-out process.
True People Search and Instant Checkmate
Like Fast People Search, we have noticed that even after completing a standard opt-out request, True People Search and Instant Checkmate’s listings will sometimes continue to show up in Google Search results. When contacting Google about removing outdated or cached search results, Google claims that the information is still present, and therefore Google will not remove the search result. This means that these data brokers are not deleting the information from their databases, only from the search sections on their websites.
Our support staff has been successful in deleting profiles from their database, but this is only after being very persistent over email. For example, Instant Checkmate will retain information in their system for several weeks after removal. The only way we have found so far to speed up the removal process is to contact them directly email@example.com and providing them a screenshot of the listing, often more than once.
In mid-January of 2019, MyLife was refusing to honor any opt-out requests. Since the beginning of February, requests are sometimes honored, but sometimes not.
Our customers have found that if they are not honoring regular removal requests, it will help to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the following template:
Last Resort: File a Complaint With the Better Business Bureau
When companies are not complying with their privacy policies, filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau has proven successful in resolving a situation in which data brokers won’t comply with their opt-out processes. You can check out our step-by-step guide here.
You can also contact your local district attorney.
What Can I do to Have my Information Removed?
Opting-out of data broker sites has never been easy. It requires a great deal of persistence, patience, and effort going through each website, combing the web for your personal information, and sending countless opt-out requests online, over email, on the phone, and even over fax and in the mail.
Now, even this arduous process is not guaranteed to remove your information. This is why it’s more necessary than ever to have DeleteMe experts on your side.
DeleteMe experts will do all of the work of removing you from data broker sites for you, letting you know where they found your info and when you can expect it to disappear. On top of that, they’ll keep checking every quarter and repeat the data removal process and fight these data brokers for you to make sure that your information is removed, and that it stays that way.
Join DeleteMe today to take back control of your information from data brokers.
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