Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by victoria, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I was just reading this on Kim Komando's website, apparently anyone for a price can often find others' names, addresses, even birthdates and more online if you go to certain databases...

    but you can remove your name as well.

    She gives instructions in the excerpts below. (BTW, she has a lot of good info on all kinds of things at her website.)

    'US Search'
    US Search frequently shows up in online searches. . . sells background reports to anyone.

    But you can remove your records from most of its search results. You must send your request via postal mail.

    US Search requires your name, birth date and Social Security number. Additionally, (also supply) your addresses going back 15 years. Also supply any aliases, including your maiden name.

    Like US Search, Intelius sells background reports to anyone. Reports include your birth date, court records and address history.

    For removal... fax a copy of a state-issued ID card or your driver's license. You can cross out your photo and license number. It only requires your name, address and birth date. Alternatively, you can send a notarized form confirming your identity.

    Acxiom provides data to Web sites, businesses and law enforcement officials. Its products fall into two categories: marketing and reference.

    Reference data is culled from public records. It also includes financial information and Social Security numbers. This information is only provided to business and law enforcement. You can't opt-out.

    However, you can opt-out of its marketing database. The marketing database does not include credit information or Social Security numbers. Request an opt-out form via telephone or e-mail. Since other businesses use Acxiom's data, this removes data from some other sites.
    Marketers use to find addresses and phone numbers of potential leads. (Use) an online form.

    Removal requires minimal information. You must provide your name as it appears in the site's listing. This may be difficult, as you can't view your listing. You must also provide a phone number and e-mail address.

    '' is an online directory available to anyone. It lists your name and address in its search results.

    ...remove your information via an online form. Your name, city and state are required, along with a reason for removal. You can select 'General Privacy Concerns'.

    More sites to visit
    Many marketers use the Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) preferences. You can submit removal requests for mailing, telemarketing and e-mail lists.

    You'll find removal forms on the DMA's site. There may be a fee ranging from $1 to $5.

    This won't remove your information from all marketing databases. But DMA members are required to adhere to the lists.

    Additionally, you can opt-out of pre-approved credit card and insurance offers. One request covers four major credit reporting agencies.

    Unfortunately, it often isn't easy to remove public records from databases. Some services only remove sealed records. In many cases, this requires a court order.


    Hope this helps... I figure the more people don't know about me commercially, the better...


  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    but basically the info Kim Komando gives seems to be good.

    I suppose anything could happen, like, if any of those sites are hacked into? But I'm guessing most if not all of us are in their databases already.

    I just always figure if there's a way to try, it won't hurt, and probably won't make thing worse if you watch from whom you get your initial information...

    all the best,

  3. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    I don't think I'm giving my SS number to *anyone* period. If they have my name and address so be it, but that is all they have. They may have a Yahoo addy, but I just get spam in there anyway. So I feel the less they know, they less they have...

    Take care,
  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I do wonder how accountable these places are held, in any case... I probably wouldn't supply my SS# either in this case.

    Truely an address and ph #, which is public knowledge mostly anyway, should be enough to distinguish us from someone else with our same name.

    But I have beeen surprised at times what is available for free. For instance, I found a site that had info on some of my friends but not others...

    Just to test, I put in an old BFs name and found out who his wife was, who his son was, and the fact his son graduated from vet school... besides their addresses... amazing! At the same time, there was nothing on me besides my address, not even my husband's name was linked to me, much less my 2 kids.

    all the best,