People Search is a data broker that collects and posts all kinds of personal information publicly online. People Search is affiliated with Whitepages, so removing yourself from Whitepages will also remove you from People Search. This requires you to fill out an opt-out form, and verify your request over the phone. After that, your listing should be removed within 24 hours.
Note: Whitepages has ‘Premium’ listings, in addition to the standard, non-premium listings. Typically, the ‘Premium’ listings contain more personal information than the ‘free’ or ‘standard’ listings, and require payment, usually a fee of $9.99. Removing yourself from Whitepages will not remove you from Whitepages Premium. You can check out our post on how to opt-out of Whitepages Premium for step-by-step instructions.
How to Remove Yourself from WhitePages
1. Search for your information on whitepages.com by entering your first name, last name, city, and state. Click the magnifying glass to search.
2. Next you will find the results page. Find your listing and click “View Details”, and you’ll be taken to your listing with your personal information.
5. The next page will ask you to confirm that this is your listing. Click the “Remove me” button on this page.
6. They will then ask you why you want to opt out of Whitepages. We like “I just like to keep my information private”. Click ‘Submit’.
7. Next, you will need to verify your identity with a phone call. Type in your phone number, and they will give you a verification code to type on the next page. Make sure you check the little box underneath. Click “Call now to verify”.
8. Finally, you’ll receive a robo-call asking for the verification code that pops up on the next screen. When prompted, dial the verification code. The robot will tell you that your opt-out request was accepted, and that it may take up to 24 hours for your profile to be removed from Whitepages.
Julianne joined Abine in 2018 after studying international justice at Leiden University. She is a dedicated privacy advocate and an opt-out expert. When she’s not fighting data brokers, she enjoys unplugging with a cup of coffee and her cat.