Knowing all of these websites exist, how do you protect your privacy?
Intelius.com Acxiom.com MyLife.com ZabaSearch.com Spoke.com BeenVerified.com PeekYou.com USSearch.com PeopleFinders.com PeopleLookup.com PeopleSmart.com PrivateEye.com WhitePages.com USA-People-Search.com Spokeo.com PublicRecordsNow.com DOBSearch.com Radaris.com
Luckily, Reddit user LawyerCT compiled a handy list of how to opt-out, and the list can be found on Reddit. The post was submitted three years ago so some of the information is outdated. However, the list is still easy to navigate, although the process itself does take time because you have to go through each background check website one by one.
The downside to all this work, however, is that it doesn't opt you out for the future. For instance, if you remove yourself from MyLife, but later, you buy a home, your home buying record will create a new record for you that will appear on all of these sites. Public records have always been public like their name suggests, but with the internet it is now way too easy to find information about someone. However it is not illegal for these websites to exist and they do offer free opt-out options so it looks as if these types of sites are never going away.