In our modern world, many of us know next to nothing about the people who share our streets or our subdivisions. Gone are the days when folks would run to their neighbor’s house to borrow an egg or a cup of sugar; chances are we don’t even know their names. This era of relative anonymityhas given rise to sites like NeighborWho, which allow users to access detailed information about individuals by using just a basic name or address to conduct a search. Though people-finder sites can be useful for learning whether your neighbors or co-workers have a criminal history, they are almost certainly providing their users with the same in-depth personal information about you as well.
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If you’re intrigued—or disturbed—by the prospect of complete strangers looking online to discover the most personal details about your life, your family and even your finances, keep reading to learn more about how NeighborWho collects its information and what you can do to keep them from sharing your private data with others.
Fast Facts for NeighborWho Opt Out
- Timeframe for NeighborWho opt out: 72 hours
- Time needed for manually opting out: 15 minutes
- Does the opt out require an email address: Yes
- Do I need to solve a CAPTCHA to opt out of NeighborWho?: Yes
- Is a phone number required for a NeighborWho opt out?: No, you do not need to get on the phone to opt out.
- Do I have you upload a copy of my ID?: No.
- Is a mailed request required for opting out of NeighborWho?: No, you will not need to mail anything in.
- Overall difficulty of a NeighborWho opt out: Standard
What is NeighborWho?
NeighborWho attempts to differentiate itself from other people-finder sites by presenting its services as a source of in-depth information about properties and property owners—more like a beefed-up Zillow or Trulia than a site allowing people to snoop on their neighbors and co-workers. In keeping with this presentation, NeighborWho also publishes a blog with articles and information about the real estate industry, buying and selling properties and home ownership.
In reality, the differences between NeighborWho and other data brokers amount to mere window dressing. When you enter a property address or name in the NeighborWho search engine, you will have access to information such as current and historical property records, estimated property value, past sales and mortgage data, past and present liens and information about the current owners or residents, including contact information, assets, potential relatives and associates.
To access its wealth of data, NeighborWho users will need to sign up for a one-month membership ($44.86) or three-month membership ($87.47), which entitles them to unlimited searches. A seven-day trial membership for $1 is also available, although information included during the trial period is limited.
Suggested uses for NeighborWho include verifying online buyers and sellers, locating old friends and classmates, verifying mailing addresses and even searching oneself to see what information is available online. The site warns against legally prohibited uses of its information, including stalking, identity theft, harassment, tenant screening, determining eligibility for credit or insurance, employment screening, hiring of household workers and assessing qualifications for educational programs or scholarships.
How Does NeighborWho Work?
Like other data brokers and people-search sites, NeighborWho pulls information from billions of publicly available records, including government records, birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce records, property data, tax records and more. It then aggregates that information into discrete packets or records associated with specific people or property addresses. Paid members of the site can then search for these records using addresses or names, or they can also browse through a directory sorted by state. The state-based directory includes broader data points such as the average home value and approximate number of residential properties in a given city or geographic region.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Many of the day-to-day activities we partake in have moved into the online world, making our lives far more convenient overall. With this shift, though, comes our information existing in the digital world for anyone to locate. While this may not be too unnerving for some people who point out that the information is already available online, and that data brokers such as NeighborWho do nothing more than aggregate the information from a single source.
That aside, many Americans are simply uncomfortable knowing their private, personal information is not truly as private as they originally thought. It’s disturbing for some to know just how easy it is for bad actors to access their information and utilize it to assist in the commission of things such as fraud, identity theft, digital and/or physical harassment, and more. While the NeighborWho opt out process won’t fully erase all of your personal information from the Internet, it definitely makes it more difficult for people to find your information online.
One you go through the NeighborWho opt out process, somebody searching your personal information on the Internet would be forced to sift through multiple sites and sources to obtain the information that a NeighborWho profile would have provided. Opting out doesn’t make you less immune to online criminal activity, however, it does make you less of an easy target. While we are aware this process, when done manually, may seem like cutting off the head of a Hydra and three more grow back, it’s better to have a sword than nothing at all.
How to Remove Yourself from NeighborWho
BeenVerified currently manages the opt out process for NeighborWho, so don’t be alarmed when you click on the “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link and you are immediately taken to a different web site. To have your record removed from NeighborWho search results, follow the steps below.
NeighborWho Opt Out Guide
Enter your first and last name in the search field at the top of the BeenVerified opt out page and click the green “Search” button.
Select the record you wish to have deleted.
Enter your email address in the provided space, complete the Captcha and click “Send Verification Email.”
Check the email account for the address you provided for a verification email from BeenVerified.
Click the link inside the email to complete your opt out request.
Frequently Asked Questions About NeighborWho Listing Removal
We often receive questions about different aspects of removing your personal information from sites such as NeighborWho. Below are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive as it relates to both general data removal as well as NeighborWho opt out data removal.
NeighborWhoand the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
The California Consumer Privacy Act(CCPA), which went into effect in 2020, is one of the most comprehensive consumer privacy laws in the U.S. Under the law, businesses that collect personal data from California residents are required to disclose the types of information they collect from consumers and how they use that information, and they must also provide consumers with a method of opting out of the collection, storage and sale of their personal information.
Categories of personal information the company obtains, collects and/or discloses, including personal identifiers, geolocation data and other information that can be reasonably associated with an individual
How categories of personal information may be used
Consumers’ freedom from discrimination for exercising their rights under the CCPA, including a pledge that NeighborWho will not deny access or services, charge a different price, provide a different level of service or charge fees or penalties to individuals who choose to exercise these rights
Consumers’ right to request specific information about the categories of data the company has collected from them over the past 12 months, including the sources of the information, the purposes for which it was collected and the categories of any third parties with whom the information was shared
Consumers’ right to request that NeighborWho delete any information it may have collected about them
To submit a Right-to-Know or Right-to-Delete request, California consumers can send an email to [email protected], fill out an online request form or contact the company at (866) 202-7417 or NeighborWho, MSC -175605, P.O. Box 105168, Atlanta, GA 30348-5168. The company states that it will respond within 10 days with instructions for continuing the request, which may include a request for additional information, and will attempt to respond to all verifiable consumer requests within 45 days of receipt. If more time is required, NeighborWho will contact the requestor in writing and provide justification for the extension.
Other Opt Out Guides
Looking for a more comprehensive opt out approach to effectively scrub your personal information from data brokers? Here are four additional opt out guides we recommend you follow after completing your NeighborWho opt out: