BeenVerified is an aggregate people search website where users can find information about anyone with the click of a mouse. BeenVerified scrapes the internet for public records and compiles them into a database. These records may include your history, contact information, vehicle information, and information about your family members.
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Some of the information that is typically found while using BeenVerified includes:
- Home address (past and present)
- Home, work, and cell phone numbers
- Age and date of birth
- Information on family members
- Court, tax, and criminal records
- Job titles, workplaces, and an estimate of your income
- Social media profiles
Anyone with a computer can access this personal and private information for a small fee. For an additional cost. BeenVerified provides more details of everyone in their database.
Understandably, most people do not want their private and personal information accessible online. Luckily for you, it is possible to opt out of BeenVerified. The BeenVerified opt out process removes your records from their website, making it much more difficult for stalkers, identity thieves, and other malicious actors from obtaining your private information.
Tip: BeenVerified owns a few subsidiary data broker companies. For this reason, opting out of BeenVerified will automatically remove personal data from several of BeenVerified’s partner’s websites as well.
If you wish to opt out of BeenVerified yourself, below if a free guide showing you step-by-step how to do so. However, if you don’t have the time, don’t want to deal with the hassle, or are afraid you do not have the technical skills needed to opt out, Removaly’s services provide no-hassle opt outs for BeenVerified and several other data brokers and people search websites.
What is BeenVerified?
In 2009, Josh Levy and Ross Cohen launched BeenVerified and began advertising the website with a major national television advertisement campaign. Initially, the company was created to help people check their own background information and verify it. It was helpful for job seekers who wanted to see what employers may be looking at online about them.
Eventually, BeenVerified pivoted to focus on consumer-focused background screenings. BeenVerified also has an iPhone application called the Background Check App where it allows users to make searches on their phones. Later on the company launched Intelius, another data aggregator site and an app specifically for tracking sex offenders.
How Does BeenVerified Work?
BeenVerified works by scanning white pages type websites online and data aggregators, social media networks, newspaper articles, public records, and blogs. All of this information is then compiled into an online database and connected to your name.
The information that BeenVerified’s database contains has an enormous amount of information such as your phone number, your current address and a list of previous addresses, criminal records, bankruptcies, and marriage certificates.
BeenVerified offers two membership options. Users can order a copy of basic reporting by purchasing a monthly membership that includes an unlimited amount of reports the user can pull. There is also a three-month membership. This report includes your age, date of birth, contact information, residences, criminal record, court record, and much more.
BeenVerified’s reporting system is extensive. Users can find information on job positions and titles, estimated salaries, marriage and divorce records, and even death records.
How to Remove Yourself From BeenVerified
BeenVerified does provide a system to opt out of their database. To properly and fully complete a BeenVerified opt out, you must submit a request to the company. This can only be done manually. We highly recommend using a data removal service such as Removaly.
Removaly will help make removing your private information from sites like BeenVerified easy peasy. We not only handle BeenVerified removal, but we also work with X more data aggregators, including Whitepages, Intelius, MyLife, Radaris, Spokeo, and more to make sure all of your personal information is removed.
If you wish to continue with the manual BeenVerified opt out process, below is step-by-step directions on BeenVerified opt out.
BeenVerified Opt Out Guide
Deleting your information from BeenVerified through a BeenVerified opt out can be accomplished by completing an opt out form on their website, and then following through with a link that is sent to your email address. Typically your data can be erased from the database in 24 hours. BeenVerified is partners with PeopleSmart and PeopleLooker. You can follow the same set of directions to remove yourself from these sites as well.
First, Navigate your way to the BeenVerified opt out website. You’ll start the process by searching for yourself. Since BeenVerified doesn’t give any of its data away for free, this will let you know if BeenVerified has data on you in the first place. Enter your first name, last name, and select your state from the drop-down menu, then hit search.
Once you submit your information, BeenVerified searches through their database to provide a match or a list of potential matches. A search listing that is provided will typically include the following information:
- Family Members
- Cities and states where currently or previously lived
A full search listing may also include places where you worked or studied, your phone number and date of birth, and associated addresses with your name.
You can use the filters on the side of the results page to help you sort through the results. If you have a common name there could be a lot of results. You may need to pay close attention to other indicators such as your age or family members to help you find your data set. Once you’ve found yourself go ahead and click on it.
Now, enter your email address into the box and check the verification reCAPTCHA to prove you are not a robot. Then, choose to send the verification email. Once you do this you will be redirected to page that says “Your Request Has Been received”. It also tells you to please check your email. To complete your opt out request, you must verify the email that was sent to the address you entered.
Now navigate over your email and wait for the verification email to arrive in your inbox. Be sure to check your spam folder if it has been a little while and you haven’t received and email. Open the email and select verify opt out at the bottom of the screen. You will be taken to another webpage where it tells you that your opt out has been confirmed.
BeenVerified states that requests are typically processed in 24 hours. However, we found that 7 to 10 days is the usual amount of time to process opt out requests with BeenVerified.
What Information Does BeenVerified Remove?
The data you would like to remove from BeenVerified all other partner sites BeenVerified owns and operates will no longer appear in your search results when you search for yourself online. It is important to keep in mind that this opt out applies from the processed date forward. This means that reports containing information on you that were pulled in the past by users before the removal was initiated still exist for those users.
Additionally, even after the processing of the BeenVerified opt out, your personal information may still show in search engine results when you search for your name. The removal is wholly dependent on the indexing of those search engines.
Another point of note, BeenVerified aggregates records on their web properties from data brokers and third-party sources. Removing your data from BeenVerified will not remove information on these other sources. You will need to visit each of them individually and perform a similar process. For this reason, your information will still appear in these locations that obtain information from the same data brokers.
This is one of the main reasons why so many people trust Removaly to remove their private information from online sites like BeenVerified. Removaly casts a wide net and handles the tedious and time-consuming opt out request process across a wide range of directory sites and personal information aggregators.
Frequently Asked Questions About BeenVerified Data Removal
We often receive many questions about different aspects of removing your personal and private information from sites such as BeenVerified. Below are the answers to some of the most common questions we received as it relates to both general data removal as well and BeenVerified data removal.
How long does it take to get my information removed from BeenVerified
BeenVerified states on their website removal takes about 24 hours after they have received a confirmed opt out request. In our experience, most removal requests are taken care of within 7 to 10 business days.
Is the process of removing my information from BeenVerified secure?
We are aware that you are sending over extensive personal and private information, whether going with a data removal service such as Removaly or working directly through BeenVerified to get your information removed.
For both Removaly and BeenVerified services, the information submitted through the opt out process, and anywhere on their and our websites are encrypted with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology.
What does BeenVerified do with my personal information?
Any personal information that is provided to BeenVerified throughout the opt out process, including information as simple as an email address and name, is solely used for the facilitation of removing your data from their site. The most basic information is required by BeenVerified to properly track and create records of the opt out request. It is not used for any other purposes without the clear and express consent of the data owner (that’s you).
Do I have to register for a membership to remove my data from BeenVerified?
Removing your data from BeenVerified with the step-by-step guide provided above does not require a membership to BeenVerified.
I have more than one listing on BeenVerified, what should I do?
BeenVerified works to try and aggregate their data into one listing for each person. However, they also scrape data from massive public records databases provided to them by data brokers. As a result, sometimes duplicate records can occur. When conflicting information is provided that doesn’t match what BeenVerified already has on you, typically they create another listing and treat it as a separate person. Here are a few things that commonly cause duplicate listings.
- Name variations (middle initials, nicknames, maiden names)
- Combinations of records being imported at the same time
- Differing addresses being reported
These differences have been known to cause duplicate entries to be made on BeenVerified. When this occurs, separate listings are created in separate databases, which in turn becomes a new listing for the same person on BeenVerified. If you have duplicate listings for your data you will need to repeat the steps above for the second listing as well.
It should be noted that sometimes duplicates are not actual duplicates but perhaps someone else you have your same exact name. Be careful when looking through the listings and use as many different ways to tell if it is your data or not before you remove it. Pay close attention to the age, previous cities, and family members before you accept that you have a duplicate data set.
What if I don’t have the time available to remove my data from these sites?
We find that it is very rare for someone to only have data on BeenVerified and not listed on other data aggregators and people search websites. That’s because a lot of these sites get their information from the same data brokers. Many people need to repeat this process for multiple sites simultaneously and wait weeks to make sure the data was removed properly.
You will need to manage the listing and follow up and make sure that it was indeed taken down by the company. It’s a chore and it isn’t easy.
Removaly can help simplify this process for you. If you want to remove your private and personal information from BeenVerified and X other people search and public directory websites, consider using Removaly. Removaly makes the whole process easy and manages your data removal and opt out requests for you, ensuring that all of your personal and private information is removed.