How to Remove My Name From Spokeo: Protecting Yourself Against False Information
Spokeo is a searchable database that compiles information about people. It uses public websites, social media sites, and unpublished databases to do so.
Spokeo has come under fire more than once for making personal information too available. The data broker has been sued for their actions. This article explains .
We'll also provide links to help you explore other internet privacy issues, like how to remove your information from Google. If you believe too much of your personal information is available on the web, start by removing your name from Spokeo.
Now, let's get back to removing your personal information from Spokeo.
How to Remove Your Name from Spokeo by Yourself
Spokeo claims that they value your privacy. Per the Spokeo Help Center, to remove your personal information from Spokeo directly, follow these steps:
- Locate the listing you want to remove and "right-click" it.
- Get the URL for the report by selecting "Copy link address" from the dropdown menu
- Click Spokeo's Opt-Out option
- Paste the URL into the box
- Provide your email address
- Select "I'm not a robot" and complete the picture task
- Watch your emails for a confirmation request. Many people forget this task!
If you haven't received a confirmation request within 30 days, you may need to repeat this process. Be sure to check your "spam" folder by searching for "Spokeo" in the search box.
Why You Should Remove Your Personal Information From Spokeo
You've probably been warned in the past to avoid putting personal information on the internet. Once it's there, it can be hard to remove, and it takes a long time to do so. But even the most private and careful person can find themselves listed in Spokeo. That's because Spokeo scours a huge variety of sources to compile data. Spokeo's resources include (but aren't limited to):
|Social Media & Search||This includes websites and apps like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, and Bing.|
|Public Records||This includes police reports, court reports, tax records, newspaper articles, legal notices, and obituaries.|
|Other Online Databases||Websites like Ancestry and Zillow.|
Spokeo claims its mission is to help users know more about the people in their lives. But many people would prefer their personal information kept private, so they choose to .
People Have Sued Spokeo for Erroneous Information
Individuals who have sued Spokeo in court complain:
- Information on the database is incorrect.
- Information is misleading.
- Data is too personal and leads to stalking or harassment.
For instance, in 2011, Thomas Robins of Virginia sued Spokeo. He alleged that the information about him on the site was primarily incorrect. According to court records, Robins claimed Spokeo "incorrectly stated his age, marital status, employment, and said that he has children.
Furthermore, Robins complained that Spokeo violated federal law when they didn't make any reasonable efforts to confirm personal information before selling it to third parties. Robins said he lost job opportunities as a result of Spokeo's bad data.
The lawsuit went on for a long time. It was thrown out of court by a district judge who said Robins didn't prove harm. But this decision was appealed, and eventually, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the lawsuit. It went all the way to the US Supreme Court, which decided the case had enough merit to move forward.
After removing your name from Spokeo, you might wish to extract sensitive information from other data brokers, social media sites, Google, or YouTube. DoNotPay can help with those, too! DoNotPay is the world's first robot lawyer, and it can remove more personal information from the internet.
How to Get Your Personal Information Taken Down From the Internet Using DoNotPay
If you want to get your personal information taken down but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered. Create your own cancellation letter in 5 easy steps:
- Search "Remove My Information" on DoNotPay.
- Choose whether you want to remove your information from Google searches, YouTube videos, or data brokers in general.
- If it's for a Google search or YouTube video, tell us more about the specific content you want removed, including the URLs of where it's currently being displayed.
- If it's for a data broker, choose which data broker you want your information removed from, or choose the "All-in" option to remove your information from all of them!
- DoNotPay will automatically carry out your opt-out requests for each data broker or submit removal requests from the search engines. You can expect to receive confirmation emails from the data brokers.
You can also contact Spokeo directly to remove your personal information from the database. It's a seven-step process.
You Can Remove More Personal Information From the Internet With DoNotPay
DoNotPay can help you remove your name from people search sites like Private Eye and Whitepages, too.
Try these resources to remove your personal information from the internet:
- Remove my name from Whitepages
- Remove my number from Facebook
- Hire someone to remove personal information from the internet
- Remove my name from My Life
- Remove my phone number from Google
- Remove my photo from Google
Remember, the DoNotPay App is simple to use and is the world's first robot lawyer. Fight corporations, manage your personal information and beat the red tape at the press of a button.