Here at Removaly, we want to ensure we are more than just a service provider. Instead, we also wish to be a powerful resource for those looking for a more do-it-yourself approach with opt out guides.

As such, we have curated an extensive collection of free opt out guides, diving deep into the nuances of the major people search services, as well as a step-by-step approach to remove your personal data from these sites and databases.

Feel free to peruse our opt out guide offerings. If you’ve got any questions, or have a recommendation for a site that should be included, you are more than welcome to contact us.

Please utilize the list of links below if you’d like to snap directly to the site you would like more information about.

Removaly’s FREE Opt Out Guides

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Intelius is a massive aggregate people-search website, acting as a data broker to scrape and collect records that are publicly available online. These records are then compiled into a comprehensive database full of information that is all about you, your history, your contact information, and your family, making it extremely difficult to navigate the opt-out process.


Spokeo is just one of the thousands of online data brokers that gathers personal information about individuals from a wide range of online sources and then aggregate that data into a single report about the person. Spokeo then makes that information available for purchase by anyone who wants it unless you opt out.


Originally founded in 2002 as Reunion.com, MyLife (alternately known as MyLife.com) is a U.S.-based data broker with roots in the social media world. Conceived as a way for former high school and college classmates to reconnect and stay in touch online, the company merged with search engine company Wink in 2008.


Founded more than a decade ago, Radaris is a self-described “public records search engine” that uses a wide range of online sources to aggregate information about people and places for those who have not gone through the opt-out process. The site allows users to search for information at no cost, although full access to the data comes at a cost.


Whitepages is an online directory service where you can look up contact information, perform fraud screening and identity verification for businesses. Whitepages.com has the largest database of available contact information for residents of the United States. It is easy to find your contact information or look up people you know using the Whitepages database.


PeopleSmart is just one of the dozens of these online data broker companies that gather personal information from millions of individuals and aggregates that information into a single data profile (until you opt-out). PeopleSmart makes this data profile available for purchase to anyone who wants to buy it. 


PeekYou offers basic information on each profile for free such as your name, age, part of your address, and phone number along with links to your social media profiles, permanent until you are able to opt-out. It then gives links to different data aggregator sites where you can purchase more extensive profiles on information such as arrest records, driving records, and property records.


Nuwber sells itself as an information company. On their website, it says they understand the impact that the information they provide impacts people’s lives. They recognize that misinformation is an issue and they are trying their best to deliver accurate and reliable information, until you opt-out.


Instant Checkmate is a background check service that allows you to search for millions of people in America. The site allows you to search demographic data, criminal records, and other public records across the United States. It might interest you to learn that they were fined $525,000 by the FTC in 2014 for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).


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.


PeopleFinders is one of the largest owners of public records data in the U.S with an estimated 43 billion data records on file. PeopleFinders allows visitors to start their search for free and will show some basic information for free. For a complete profile on arrest records, background checks, reverse phone number look up, or information from public records users can pay a small fee to receive the full information.


InfoTracer is a popular data broker utilized by everyone from small-town newspapers to the FBI. They pride themselves in this, stating that they “give our customers access to over 2 billion records and counting!” InfoTracer takes its database of information and utilizes it in multiple smaller sites that aggregate the exact same information.


Truthfinder

Truthfinder is an aggregate people search website where users can find information about anyone with the click of a mouse. This site scrapes the internet for public records and compiles them into a database. TruthFinder then makes that information available for purchase by anyone who wants it unless you opt-out.


PeopleLooker

PeopleLooker is a subsidiary of BeenVerified. BeenVerified scrapes the internet for public records and compiles them into a database. It is one of the most comprehensive people search sites online. These records may include your history, contact information, vehicle information, and information about your family members.


CheckPeople

CheckPeople is an online directory service where you can look up contact information, perform fraud screening and identity verification for businesses. It is one of the largest databases of contact information in the US. The site allows users to search for information at no cost, although full access to the data comes at a cost.


Fast People Search

Fast People Search is just one of dozens of online data brokers that gathers personal information about individuals from a wide range of online sources and then aggregates that data in a single report about the person. This data broker is one of the fastest growing people search websites online today.


CheckThem

CheckThem was an aggregate people-search website, acting as a data broker to scrape and collect records that are publicly available online. These records are then compiled into a database of information all about you, your contact information, and your family, making it extremely difficult to navigate the opt-out process. CLOSED AS OF APRIL 2022


ZabaSearch

ZabaSearch is a sub-site of Intelius. Intelius is an aggregate data broker, acting as a site to scrape and collect records that are publicly available online. These records are then compiled into a massive database. Opting out of Intelius and it’s sub-sites is notoriously difficult, but we work to make the process easier for you and your family.


USSearch

US Search is just one of hundreds of data brokers gathering personal information about individuals from a vast array of online sources, then aggregating that data in a comprehensive report about the person. US Search takes its database of information and utilizes it in multiple smaller sites that aggregate the exact same information.


LexisNexis is a company that houses millions of records from a variety of sources like federal court, local tax, and property records. They provide this data to insurance, government, and debt collection industries to get a better understanding of individuals, businesses, and assets. They are one of the largest data brokers in the world.


True People Search claims “Get address history, phone numbers, relatives, associates, email addresses & more all for free! We’re very easy to use, just input a name, phone number, or address and results will come back very fast.” We cover removal from this website, but want to ensure DIY’ers have the necessary resources.


Search People Free is a people search site that states the following: We are your premier online source of public information for people in the U.S. And, best of all, we are able to provide that information for FREE! We cover removal from this website, but want to ensure DIY’ers have the necessary resources.


Neighbor Report

Neighbor Report is just one of dozens of online data brokers that gathers personal information about individuals from a wide range of online sources and then aggregates that data in a single report about the person. We cover removal from this website, but want to ensure DIY’ers have the necessary resources.


Voter Records claims to be a “Free political research tool to study more than 92 Million voter records.”. It scrapes voter and personal information from over a dozen US states, displaying them for anyone to search. We cover removal from this website, but want to ensure DIY’ers have the necessary resources.


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ClustrMaps offers basic information on each profile for free such as your name, age, part of your address, and phone number along with links to your social media profiles, permanent until you are able to opt out. Clustrmaps is one of the most common people search sites found in Google search results.


USPhoneBook utilizes phone directories, making information public. From their website: “Our data is updated regularly and includes landlines, cell phones, business, and residential phone numbers.” They also state: “A reverse phone lookup allows you to find the owner of a phone number and a whole lot more.”


NeighborWho is a subsidiary website of BeenVerified. BeenVerified scrapes the internet for public records and compiles them into a database. It is one of the most comprehensive people search data brokers online. Removaly covers this site and dozens more for automated removals.


We will let PrivateEye speak for themselves: “At PrivateEye.com, we have access to millions of public records all in one spot! You are able to look up and find people … to trace the person you are looking for.” Removaly considers this a problem, and that’s why it’s one of the sites we remove from.


Advanced Background Checks

Advanced Background Checks offers basic information on each profile for free such as your name, age, address, and phone number along with links to your social media profiles, permanent until you are able to opt-out. Removaly covers this site and dozens more for automated removals.


Straight from the source: “NumLookup is world’s best reverse lookup service for Cell Phones, VOIP & Landlines that is 100% free. Find out why millions of people in America use NumLookup to find out who called them.” They are one of the most predatory people search sites, and try to trick people into paying for removal.


From the Ownerly home page: “Get the data homeowners actually want: Join 300,000+ people who have searched a home on Ownerly“. This data broker is focused on real estate related things, exposing names and addresses, plus other information, for millions of homeowners around the United States.


FastBackgroundCheck is a relatively simple people search engine that allows anyone, anywhere to search up personal information such as name, address, phone number, and more contact-related information. All this information is publicly available to anyone who knows someone’s name and location.


OfficialUSA is a data broker and people search site that states the following: “Directory of U.S. Websites. Nationwide directories and State Guides for all 50 States, including official county, town and city websites”. While relatively easy to remove info, there are nuances associated with the OfficialUSA opt out process.


From GladIKnow: “We’ve made finding the important information on the people in your life easy – phone numbers, emails, addresses, criminal and police records, social profiles, photos, education and employment, civil records, liens, bankruptcies, licenses, and much more. Over ONE BILLION public and commercially available records at your fingertips in seconds.”


Cyber Background Checks states the problem with them right on their home page: “Cyber Background Checks gives you access to billions of public records about millions of adults throughout the U.S. And not only do we access it, we sort through it all to get you just the information you need, and organize it into a comprehensive, easy-to-interpret summary.”


FindMugshots is awful. They publish mugshots of people scraped from public records without any research done into expungement, etc. They try to drive sales with marketing speak similar to “the results you see may be disturbing” to try and drive clicks. Overall, this is a highly problematic and parasitic people search site.


Per the SpyFly home page itself: SpyFly has millions of consumer records containing over a billion pieces of accurate information. We don’t like that one bit, especially without consent. While we don’t currently cover SpyFly, we want to ensure you have the recourse to remove your personal information on your own.


CocoFinder is a rough one to remove from, but it is doable. From their website home page: CocoFinder provides in-depth information on a person, including their photos, address, criminal history, property holdings, relatives, and more. We offer free resources to remove that information from their website.