One of the biggest brokers of your personal info is a company called WhitePages. WhitePages collects info about you from real estate transactions (including appraisals), trademark filings, marriage licenses and divorce decrees, any unsealed lawsuits or legal actions, birth certificates, death certificates, census statistics, voter registrations, drivers licenses, utility companies, government spending reports, political campaign contributions, sex offender registrations, legislation minutes, business and entity filings, professional and business licenses, criminal records, surveys, rebate and warranty cards, online account registrations and profiles, forum posts, and social networking info.
WhitePages then sells your personal info to anyone who has a few dollars to pay for the background search fee. That’s right. Criminals, Cyber stalkers, ID thieves, abusive ex’s, and literally anyone who has the cash to pay for it, can pay your details. It is scary.
How to Opt Out on Your Own
WhitePages doesn’t let you formally remove your profile from their website, but you can “claim your profile” and then hide/edit all of your personal information.
Navigate to WhitePages.com and search for your record
Click the “claim and edit” button on the record you wish to remove
Set up an account
Follow the onscreen instructions to select and hide the records you wish to remove
How Long Until My Information Gets Removed?
WhitePages removes your record once you’ve completed their opt out process.