Spokeo is a data broker website that collects personal identifiable information (PII) on hundreds of millions of people. The company is legally able to do this as it collects data from public sources, such as public records and social media profiles.
It then sells this data onto third parties, who will often use it for marketing purposes. Problems can often occur when your personal data acquired from a data broker falls into the wrong hands and you then start receiving spam, scam, and robocalls and spam and scam texts.
Therefore, to protect your identity and to cut down on the amount of nuisance calls and potential scams you’re exposed to, it’s best to regularly remove your personal data from data brokers such as Spokeo.
DeleteMe’s Spokeo Opt Out Review
You can complete a Spokeo opt-out request by completing an online form and verifying your email address. Once submitted, your listing should be removed within 72 hours.
2. Find your listing and click on it to see your profile.
3. Copy the URL (web page address) of your profile page.
4. Go to Spokeo’s opt-out page, spokeo.com/optout, and paste the URL of your listing, enter an email (we recommend using a masked email), and perform the CAPTCHA.
5. Click the verification link in the email that’s sent to you.
6. You will be redirected to a final confirmation page.
What Happens Next?
When you remove personal data from Spokeo, you’re essentially preventing other people from accessing your information. In the case that you’ve been subjected to cyberstalking, removing records from Spokeo’s databases will reduce a stalker’s chance of finding more information about you. Likewise, identity thieves will find it tougher to steal your digital persona by removing your data from this type of platform.
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.