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Why it’s difficult to remove private information about yourself from the internet

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If you’ve ever tried to remove private details about yourself online, then it quickly became apparent that there’s many obstacles blocking your path to true online privacy. The average consumer is completely unaware of the countless ways their private information is being used and shared. The people pulling the strings behind the scenes are known as data brokers, and they have a good reason to keep your information public — it makes them money. As such, they have no motive to remove your private information from their websites. We gathered a few examples of how data brokers and people-search sites can make it difficult for you to remove your private information. You can read the full article here: https://blog.onerep.com/why-its-difficult-to-remove-private-information-about-yourself-from-the-internet/

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Why it’s difficult to remove private information about yourself from the internet

  1. 1. 16 reasons why it’s difficult to remove private information by yourself
  2. 2. The average consumer is completely unaware of the countless ways their private information is being used and shared.
  3. 3. The people pulling the strings behind the scenes are known as data brokers. The reason for that is profit.
  4. 4. As such, they have no motive to remove your private information from their websites.
  5. 5. 1. Too many removal rules
  6. 6. Every website has its own set of rules for removing private information from their database. Data brokers makes you play their own game. MY GAME MY RULES
  7. 7. You will have to: ● fill out dozens of removal forms; ● confirm the removal by phone; ● send request for removal via mail/fax; ● send a copy of ID/driver’s license; ● wait up to 4 weeks until the removal will be completed. MY GAME MY RULES
  8. 8. 2. Lots of different opt-out forms
  9. 9. Some sites intentionally complicate the process with needlessly lengthy forms and countless questions.
  10. 10. 3. The problem with removing duplicate profiles
  11. 11. Sometimes data brokers place several identical profiles with a slightly difference. Data brokers set removal limits which makes impossible to get the job done in one sitting.
  12. 12. You have to come back to the site tomorrow and submit the request, of course if you don’t forget.
  13. 13. 4. Multiple Email Confirmations
  14. 14. Most websites will ask you to confirm your contact information via the following methods: ● Email confirmation, assuming it doesn’t go to his spam folder. ● SMS text message confirmation with a link and code. ● Phone confirmation, where you are asked to input a specific code.
  15. 15. Prepare to be bombarded with multiple email confirmations.
  16. 16. 5. Snail Mail and Fax
  17. 17. Submitting online forms, confirming emails, and other countless confirmation methods may not be enough. Many sites will require to confirm his identity via fax and snail mail too.
  18. 18. As a result, the removal process takes weeks.
  19. 19. 6. Paid Removals
  20. 20. Many websites will only accept removal requests for a fee: ● 411.info (from $4.95); ● 4addresses.net (from $5.99); ● zattadata.com (from $5.99); ● 4privacy.org (from $11.99); ● Profilogical.com ($39.95); ● Mugshotsearch.net ($100.00).
  21. 21. Would you want to play by those rules with the deck stacked against you?
  22. 22. 7. No Removal Option Provided
  23. 23. Reasons why you won’t be able to opt out : ● Websites provide no way to contact them. ● No opt-out form is provided anywhere on the site. ● The site is abandoned. ● The site admin ignores email ● The site doesn’t provide opt-out option (Yes, they can do this. No, they are not required to delete your profile upon request. Yes, it’s legal)
  24. 24. 8. The agony of suspense
  25. 25. Ok, so you’ve burned your entire weekend on this, followed all the instructions, did everything right, and submitted removal requests to multiple websites. Now what?
  26. 26. Cross your fingers, then sit back and wait.
  27. 27. Meanwhile, your private information remains publicly available online. How long before it’s removed? Will they ever get around to it?
  28. 28. 9. Your records are finally removed! … But not from Google
  29. 29. Even if you’ve removed your records from data broker websites, you will still see the link on Google.
  30. 30. It’s broken, however, the little snippet Google displays still contains some private information that you don’t want made public.
  31. 31. Google removes the dead link in 10 business days. When it comes to Yahoo, it takes up to 8 weeks.
  32. 32. 10. Information is exposed on countless websites
  33. 33. Statistically, you data is placed on 25-30 people-search websites.
  34. 34. 11. Confusing Redirects
  35. 35. When you want to remove your data from one website but are redirected to another one. This makes it difficult to understand where your records are exactly located.
  36. 36. 12. Other People’s Profiles
  37. 37. Your private information may be listed on other people’s profiles. Data brokers make link between you and your relatives or neighbors.
  38. 38. So you have to handle not only your own profiles, but also with those that belong to other people.
  39. 39. 13. Removed records are often relisted
  40. 40. Personal profiles are often reappear. This could be explained by the fact that data brokers refresh their data bases quite often.
  41. 41. When you move to another city, have a new phone number, change your job, data brokers react on these changes proactively. As a result, you have to do the removal over and over again.
  42. 42. 14. A false sense of security
  43. 43. Data brokers want people to believe there’s something special about their search engine, the algorithm indexing their database, and the comprehensiveness behind the accuracy of their searches.
  44. 44. However, it’s all smoke and mirrors, and a cheap manipulative tactic that just wastes your time.
  45. 45. 15. Monitoring new sites
  46. 46. New people-search sites appear all the time, because there’s big money in selling your private information.
  47. 47. Continuous monitoring of new websites will lead to the loss of your free time.
  48. 48. 16. Removal process is endless
  49. 49. The whole removal process is very time consuming. You will have to compile a list of all the websites displaying your private information, familiarize yourself with their opt out procedures and tools, and finally, apply submit a request for removal.
  50. 50. This presentation is based on the OneRep blog post Why it's difficult to remove private information about yourself from the Internet. OneRep.com is the automated tool which scans the Internet and removes unwanted personal records compromising your safety and reputation. Your privacy matters.

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