With the ever-growing use of the Internet and people’s information being stored online, is it possible to remove yourself from the Internet? Can you erase yourself completely from the digital universe?

Unfortunately, the short answer is no. If you drive, vote, get married, or own a home, your information is already online. Courts and government agencies have been posting your public records online since the mid-1990s. Your digital footprints grow bigger and bigger as you interact with the rest of the world.

Although you cannot delete yourself from the Internet, you can reduce your public records from the Internet. There is a DIY process but it will be an uphill battle.

Nonetheless, you can do something about it so your digital footprint doesn’t keep getting bigger and bigger as you have more online accounts or increase your Internet presence.

Request Removal from Data Brokerage Services

There are data brokerage services that offer your information to other people for a price. They sell sensitive information to people as a service. You may have a legitimate reason to request private information of other people such as for doing a background check if you are a landlord.

If it’s your information, then you probably don’t want it available for other people to track and find out about you. To remove such information, request the removal of your information from these data brokerage services.

How to Remove Yourself From PeopleFinders

PeopleFinders offers a service to find people for a fee. To remove yourself from this service, opt out by going to PeopleFinders and scrolling to the very bottom of the page. When you are at the bottom, click on Do Not Sell My Info. Follow the instructions provided.

You will need to provide the URL containing the link to your information in PeopleFinders. Enter your email address to verify yourself. Once you fill out the form, you will get an email to remove your profile.

Click on the link to confirm the removal of your profile from PeopleFinders.

In a week, go back to PeopleFinders and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From Spokeo

Another service that you want to opt out of is Spokeo. When you go on the site, provide your full name and click Search. When you get the search results, find your profile and click See Results.

When the result of your profile appears, copy the URL and scroll to the very bottom of the page. Click on Privacy link. Scroll to the very bottom and click on Opt Out. Enter the URL that you copied earlier into the field and provide your email address.

Once you submit the form, you will get an email from Spokeo. It will ask you to click on the link to complete the removal process.

In a week, go back to Spokeo and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From Intelius

Intelius, Inc. is a very big organization when it comes to public records as well as other kinds of private information but has often been cleared of good judgment and brought to the federal court.

It is another data brokerage that offers to find people’s information as a service. If you are looking for a way to be free from Intelius or if you wish to remove yourself from their services, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Intelius and scroll all the way down.
  2. Click on Privacy Policy.
  3. Once there, scroll all the way down and click on Opt-Out.
  4. In the form, enter your first and last name and city.
  5. In the search results, find the result that matches your profile and click Select & Continue.
  6. Enter your email address when prompted.

In a week, go back to Intelius and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From TruthFinder

Truthfinder is a background check website that has become popular in the last couple of years. It’s an online database of criminal records, arrest details, and everything related to your personal information. However, they also sell your information to anyone who’s willing to pay the price for it.

To remove yourself from TruthFinder:

  1. Go to TruthFinder and scroll all the way down.
  2. Click on Do Not Sell My Info. When prompted, enter your first name, last name, state, and email address.
  3. When the search results appear, click on Remove This Record next to your profile.
  4. You should get an email to confirm the request to opt-out. Click the link in the email to confirm the request.

In a week, go back to TruthFinder and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From Instant Checkmate

Instant Checkmate, Inc. is a public records search company that works to provide consumers with background reports which contain the personal information of an individual.

The company’s database is sourced from almost all US states and territories and third-party information providers. The website of the company offers people free searches as well as paid ones.

To opt-out of Instant Checkmate:

  1. Go to Instant Checkmate and scroll all the way down.
  2. Click on Do Not Sell My Info. Enter your first name, last name, state, and email address.
  3. When the search results appear, click on Remove This Record next to your profile.
  4. You should get an email to confirm the request to opt-out.
  5. Click the link in the email to confirm the request to remove your profile.

In a week, go back to Instant Checkmate and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From Whitepages

Whitepages Inc. was established in 1997. It offers for sale various products and services that include, but are not limited to, people search, reverse telephone search, cell phone lookup, reverse address, business search, background check, residential history, do-not-call registry information (in compliance with the federal government’s FTC regulations), sex offender registry verification and more.

Before doing an opt-out, verify that your information is stored in Whitepages. Do a search on yourself by doing a People Search.

To opt-out of Whitepages:

  1. Go to Whitepages and scroll all the way down.
  2. Click on Do Not Sell.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click Submit Request.
  4. When the Submit a CCPA Request page appear, select I would like to opt-out of having my information published by Whitepages.
  5. Enter your email address, Listing URL, Listing Name, Listing Address, Listing City & State, Listing Phone Number, Subject, and Description. Click Submit.

In a week, go back to Whitepages and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From Pipl

Pipl has data sources of people gathered from the Internet, public records, listings, directories, archives, and exclusive sources.

To remove yourself from Pipl, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Pipl and scroll all the way down.
  2. Click on Personal Information Removal.
  3. On the My Information & Privacy page, click on submit a request in this opt-out form.
  4. Enter your first and last name, email address, and message. Click Submit.

In a week, go back to Pipl and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From Apollo

Apollo is a sales and marketing platform that integrates with your CRM and makes it easy for you to generate targeted business leads. It’s a tool used by the sales world for data collection and analysis. In fact, if you have a job where you are often targeted by external salespeople, you may find that your data is actually being used by Apollo.

To remove yourself from Apollo, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Apollo and scroll all the way down.
  2. Click on Do Not Sell My Info.
  3. On the Apollo Privacy Center page, click on Submit Opt Out Request.
  4. Enter your email address and Professional Profile URL.

In a week, go back to Apollo and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From BeenVerified

BeenVerified, Inc. was found in 2007 to provide access to public records to individuals and companies. They provide background checks and criminal searches available in the United States.

Before doing an opt-out, verify that your information is stored in BeenVerified. Do a search on yourself by doing a search of your first and last name.

There is a link on the bottom of their site to remove your personal information but it seems to be broken. When you click it, it doesn’t do anything. As such, to remove yourself from BeenVerified, follow the steps below:

  1. Send an email to membersupport@beenverified.com and request your information to be removed from BeenVerified.
  2. Provide a link to the page that shows your information when you searched for yourself earlier.
  3. Provide your full name and address in the email.

In a week, go back to BeenVerified and confirm that your information has been removed.

How to Remove Yourself From MyLife

Whitepages Inc. was established in 1997. It offers for sale various products and services that include, but are not limited to, people search, reverse telephone search, cell phone lookup, reverse address, business search, background check, residential history, do-not-call registry information (in compliance with the federal government’s FTC regulations), sex offender registry verification and more.

Before doing an opt-out, verify that your information is stored in MyLife. Do a search on yourself by entering your first and last name.

To opt-out of MyLife:

  1. Send an email to membersupport@mylife.com and request your information to be removed from MyLife.
  2. Provide a link to the page that shows your information when you searched for yourself earlier.
  3. Provide your full name and address in the email.

In a week, go back to MyLife and confirm that your information has been removed.

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