Viewers are upset to learn how much personal information is out there on the web… phone numbers, addresses, your age.
We call on Kurtis Ming with what you can do if you want your information removed.
An Elk Grove woman doesn’t like it and she’s even more upset because some of the information about her is wrong!
Elizabeth Moseby wants her address gone from Peoplefinders.com. She also says it lists relatives who aren’t hers and cities where she’s never lived.
“It’s very misleading. It’s just kind of a shock and awe factor,” says Elizabeth.
Search sites like Peoplefinders, Spokeo and Zabasearch get a lot of this information from public records.
But what if you want it gone from the web?
“Many people feel everyone should have that right,” says Joanne McNabb, Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection.
But McNabb says you don’t under current law and sometimes you’re the reason they have that information.
“When you sign up for sweepstakes, when you answer surveys, come on warranty registration cards… generally those are really a means of way to get your information in order to be able to sell it,” says McNabb.
The three so called data brokers we mentioned do have options on their websites to get your information removed but many of them require even more personal information first, which Elizabeth doesn’t like.
“If they have my date of birth, then they’ll have more information about me,” says Elizabeth.
“We believe information is power,” says Bryce Lane, President of Peoplefinders.com.
Lane understands some people feel it’s an invasion of privacy but he says it’s important they know it’s you before they take down your data.
“We don’t want them in there, if they don’t want to be in there,” says Lane.
After we got involved, Peoplefinders removed Elizabeth’s address and the wrong information tied to her.
“And I want them to never put it on again,” says Elizabeth.
And there’s no telling how soon your information can pop back up.
I don’t give out my address unless it’s absolutely necessary and I often use my work address.
To get your information removed online:
Zabasearch – Send them a copy of your driver’s license but you can cross out your picture and license number. http://www.zabasearch.com/block_records/block_by_mail.php
Spokeo – Copy the URL with your info and send them an email. http://www.spokeo.com/blog/help/
Peoplefinders – Fill out their opt out form with your name, birth date, aliases and 20 year address history and mail it to their Sacramento address. http://www.peoplefinders.com/help/article.aspx?topic=privacy4