Privacy Alerts - Opt-Out Master List

Opt-Out Master List

DATA BROKER (26 total)

1) Acxiom
2) Ameridex
3) People Data
4) Zoominfo
5) Address.com
6) FoneCart (also InfoUSA)
7) Super Pages by Verizon
8) Phone Number (also Whitepages.com)
9) Instant People Finders
10) PeopleFinders
11) PrivateEye
12) Public Records Now
13) Reunion.com
14) US Search
15) USA People Search
16) Veromi
17) ZabaTools
18) Harris Digital Publishing
19) Intelius (also owns several subsidiary brands)

DIRECT MARKETING (6 total)

1) Abicus
2) Aristotle / Voter Lists Online
3) Enformion
4) 555-1212.com
5) ChoicePoint Direct Marketing
6) Dex Media

DIRECTORY (12 total)

1) Switchboard
2) AnyWho by AT&T
3) Switchboard (also Dogpile)
4) MetaCrawler (also WebCrawler and Infospace)
5) Google PhoneBook
6) DA Plus aka Directory Assistance Plus
7) Super Pages by Verizon

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Comments

Carlo Cappi

October 23, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Very helpful, thank you. A few questions remain: MUST I include my full Social Security numbers in my opt-out letters; and what about all those other agencies -- you list 44 of them. Should they all be contacted? Would like to have seen this issues addressed on the page, but all in all an excellent service.

Thank you so much for your help.


Response To Carlo

October 23, 2007 at 7:05 PM

Carlo,

Thanks for your comments. The "mail-in" opt-outs require your SSN, none of the other opt-outs do. Basically, if you are one of these data companies, frequently it's not in your interest to hold or have access to your list members SSNs because it's considered highly sensitive information and you don't want to be responsible for it falling into the right hands.

There are many data brokers out there that have your information, and if you want all of your info out of CIRCULATION, you should contact all that are listed. There is a discrepancy between 44 companies and the amount of companies listed because some of the companies SHARE databases (you can "kill two birds with one stone" if you just the follow listing). The best way to do it is just to follow the listing at:

http://www.privacyalerts.org/data-brokers.html


Nancy

November 11, 2007 at 7:36 PM

Excellent comprehensive article. The only thing I could not see covered was how do you opt out of the companies that are listing all your details via your cellphone. Numerous companies now offering reverse cell phone directory and you can't seem to opt out?


Kiran Patel

November 29, 2007 at 3:24 AM

It's working fine.


Paul

December 3, 2007 at 3:39 PM

Do any of these companies have access to my medical records or driving records?


Response to Paul

December 3, 2007 at 5:38 PM

Medical records are never public records. The general public and the above data broker businesses will not have access to them. There may be some health insurance firms with your information, which is used for insurance underwriting. We will be developing a special forum on that in the future, so stay tuned.

Driving records vary from state-to-state. Some states like may offer them (e.g. OH, IN, KY, WV, NC and MI) through a service. Types of information may include: violations, restrictions, class of license, convictions, and insurance cancellations.

Note: A driving record would be public court record if it was part of a court case. If a party is found not guilty, they can get that court record sealed.


mia

February 12, 2008 at 9:18 AM

USSEARCH will not remove personal information about me tagged to white pages, 411, etc. Each of these sites said it is USSEARCH's ads and they have to remove the information. After SEVERAL letters and faxes over a period of two months, they still will not remove the information. When I call them, I am blown off by their totally incompetent customer service. I did not authorize them to use my name tagging white pages with their ads. How do you get them to remove it? Get a lawyer?


Response to Mia

February 12, 2008 at 10:48 AM

We'll look into it and share what we find, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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lance staedler

February 21, 2008 at 11:02 AM

I am having a proplem with ussearch. They have removed my info from
their main site.
lycos, whitepages, dex, address, phonenumber, 411, and pipl are web sites that have my personal info powered by ussearch. I have requested
the removal by email, fax, and calling but they will not remove the info.
They respond by stating they can not remove info from another site.
When I contact the sites listed above, they state that ussearch is powering
the info, and they are the only one able to remove it.
What do you recommend I do?


john doe

February 24, 2008 at 6:39 PM

BirthDatabase.com
displays your entire dob on pipl for
any identity thieft to see.

Some of this stuff has to stop.


jane doe

February 25, 2008 at 6:01 AM

They won't remove your info from lycos and white pages, etc (ussearch won't remove). I have tried for months-they just refuse. I have heard the people who work there are incompentent. No one can give you a correct answer for what is going on. They tell you to fax information and they will remove it and they never do.


Janet

February 26, 2008 at 7:55 AM

I have called the opt-out number for a fax database, but I keep getting faxes over a month later - and now more frequently. I call back to opt-out again, and a recording says my number has already been removed. Is there any recourse on this? Thanks!


jen franks

February 27, 2008 at 4:12 AM

Is there a way to get ussearch to remove information from white pages, etc? Why do they refuse to remove it? I have been trying as well.


jen franks

February 27, 2008 at 4:12 AM

Is there a way to get ussearch to remove information from white pages, etc? Why do they refuse to remove it? I have been trying as well.


WG

February 27, 2008 at 5:02 AM

I have even written to the president of ussearch with the information I wanted USSEARCH to remove from lycos, white pages, 411, etc.-I never got any type of response and the information is still not removed. Those other sites belong to white pages. You can easily remove your information from white pages. White pages states they cannot removed the information powered by ussearch-ussearch has to do it.


WF

February 28, 2008 at 6:55 AM

zaba search now provides a way for you to remove the info instantly-$20 for each record you want removed.
Why doesn't usseach adopt this policy? Since the won't remove your information in whitepages. My phone and adddress are unpublished and my name and information still appear in a ussearch box if my name is entered in any of the white pages.


Laurel

March 17, 2008 at 5:08 PM

People Finders listed above emailed me back that they will not delete me by internet and you have put it in writing:

Opt-Out/Peoplefinders.com
1821 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

800718-8997


Peter

December 9, 2008 at 11:03 PM

my advise is. if they wont remove your info sue them. contact your local fbi office and make them investigate. also look at privacy rights.org they have a full list and addresses with fax numbers for all the datavendors. the major ones you want to get off of are 1.choicepoint. 2.lexusnexus. and westlaw.


Peter

December 16, 2008 at 2:43 AM

Here is acxioms full contact info

Locations
Headquarters
1051 Hillsdale Blvd, Suite 400
Foster City, CA 94404
Phone: 1.650.356.3400
Toll free: 1.800.491.9320
Fax: 1.650.356.3410 London
Counting House
53 Tooley Street
London SE1 2QN
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)20 7526 5100
Fax: +44 (0)20 7526 5200


New York
214 W. 39th Street
Penthouse
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 1.917.510.8300
Fax: 1.917.510.8382

Acxiom Corporation
(Parent company)
Little Rock, AR - Headquarters
Acxiom Corporation
601 East 3rd Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Sales Inquiries: 1.888.3ACXIOM
General Inquiries: 1.501.342.1000
Consumer Privacy Hotline: 1.877.774.2094
Website: www.acxiom.com

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