Remove Yourself from Online Directories

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Learn how to regain your online anonymity.

Answer

This question was answered on August 26, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Privacy is now a concern for us all, regardless of whether or not we embrace the Internet Without your consent or knowledge, your personal information may be readily available to any who would want it

Many of the online phone directories buy personal information from data brokers, who in turn get it from other public and private sources Still others receive information from Acxiom – a major U.S data vendor.

You can request that Acxiom remove your name from their listings by sending an email to <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> or calling 877.774.2094 They’ll mail you an opt-out form to fill out and mail back But, that still leaves the issue of removing your name from every directory that has purchased your information from Acxiom

One option is to move, change your name and identity A slightly more practical alternative is to manually remove yourself from each online directory The method for each might be different: some might require a phone call, a letter, or e-mail Following is a list of popular personal directories and their respective opt-out links:

• Google – Google Removal Form

• Yahoo – Yahoo Removal Form

• Whitepages – Whitepages Removal Form

• Lycos – Lycos Removal Form

• AnyWho – AnyWho Removal Form

Doing this by no means guarantees anonymity, but will definitely decrease your visibility online Enjoy!

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on August 26, 2005