Searching for your first and last name online, can bring up multiple websites that show private information about you. These websites scan the Internet and public resources for all of your publicly available data, and combine it on one webpage.
For example, when you enter your first name and last name and add "home address" (e.g. Jane Doe home address"), you will find websites such as mylife.com, truepeoplesearch.com, spokeo.com, or beenverified.com showing lots of info about you.
Even though these websites are legally allowed to display all of your personal public information, you can still contact them and ask them to remove it.
You can click the links below to contact the various websites directly, and request to have them remove your info.
- Don't sign up to any of the above websites. Instead, if they ask you to provide your email address, use a free temporary emailaddress. You could create a free gmail account. Just de-activate this account once you're no longer on their website, or keep using it as your alternative email address for spam or junk e-mails.
- Some websites will resist or refuse to remove your personal data, claiming that it is public information. While they are legally right, you can persist and keep sending requests to remove it.
- Make sure to search your own name regularly, to ensure you don't show up on any (new) websites.
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