With the calendar about to turn over into another year, you may find yourself searching for your online in an attempt to do a little online housekeeping. The internet has become overrun with information about us and it will only expand the more we use it. But there is a way to limit the amount of information that is collected about you online.
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If you conduct an online search for yourself you’ll find multiple data broker websites. These companies crawl public records, mailing lists, surveys, social media profiles, and other resources online to create digital data profiles for millions of individuals.
This information can be useful if you are trying to get in contact with long lost friends or loved ones but it can also be detrimental. These data broker websites also sell your personal information to various businesses including advertisers, marketers, insurance brokers, and even other data mining companies. This allows them to profit from your personally-identifying information. This is where PeopleSmart opt out can help.
As one of the largest online data brokers, PeopleSmart has almost certainly amassed a great amount of personal information about you – information that you might not want just anyone to have access to. Whether you are trying to clean up your online search results for a job interview or college admission, or you simply want to receive less unsolicited marketing calls, removing yourself from PeopleSmart’s digital database can bring you peace of mind when it comes to your online privacy.
What Is PeopleSmart?
PeopleSmart is an online public records search website that was created to bridge the gap of other search avenues and provides a simple and direct way to look up information about yourself or others online.
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. PeopleSmart makes this data profile available for purchase to anyone who wants to buy it.
Dake brokers such as PeopleSmart do serve legitimate purposes. For example, they can provide vital assistance to adoptees who are searching for their biological families or offer clues to people who are conducting genealogy searches online, but they can also be used for more nefarious purposes too. Predatory marketers, stalkers, and identity thieves can easily gain information about your using PeopleSmart and other data brokers to make it easier to commit their crimes.
How Does PeopleSmart Work?
Data broker sites such as PeopleSmart use several forms of web scraping software to gather your personal information from the following sources.
- Vital statistics are drawn from government records such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, and divorce decrees.
- Consumer indexes, which typically include your name, age, address, and other demographical information.
- Email directories
- Phone directories
- Business directories that may include your name, title, company, website, business email, and phone number.
- Social media profiles
- Property records from government agencies including real estate deeds and tax records
- Court records, including arrest records, warrants, traffic violations, and sex offender databases.
Most people are totally unaware that all of this personal information can be found online. It is also completely legal for these data broker websites to gather this information ad sell it. Unless you explicitly opt out from PeopleSmart and other online data broker websites they can continue to use your information and sell it. However, they are legally required to remove your from their online database if you request to be removed.
What Are the Risks?
So many of our daily activities have now shifted to online activities. We order our groceries online, go to meeting online, and even communicate with friends, family, and work colleagues via the internet. It’s an undeniable fact that our private information exists in the digital world for almost anyone to find. This reality is not concerning to everyone.
Some point out ( correctly) that all of this information that is available on PeopleSmart is already made available online for people to find. PeopleSmart simply aggregates this data into an easy to use profile.
Although this is true there is a growing number of people who are uncomfortable knowing that their private information can be easily accessed by people who may commit fraud, identity theft, or stalking. While opting out of PeopleSmart will not erase your personal information from the internet completely, it will make it harder for people to find you.
Once you complete the PeopleSmart opt out process, someone searching for your personal information on the internet will have to visit multiple different websites in order to put together the same profile of information that PeopleSmart aggregate and made available with just a click. Opting out of PeopleSmart will not remove your information completely but it will make you much less of an easy target.
How to Remove Yourself From PeopleSmart?
If you have decided to clean up your online presence and you believe that taking additional steps to control the amount of information that is available about you online, the below guide will take you through the PeopleSmart opt process.
PeopleSmart Opt Out Guide
This step-by-step guide described here will help you remove your personal information fromPeopleSmart’s database, but keep in mind that you’ll need to gro through similar steps for other data broker websites ( including PeekYou, Intelius, Spokeo, and a host of others) to ensure that your personal information is difficult to find online.
- First, create an email account that doesn’t use your name or any personally identifying information—the more generic, the better. You’ll use this email to complete the removal process with PeopleSmart, which requires you to click on a link within a confirmation email to finalize your removal. Creating this “burner” email account prevents PeopleSmart from retaining (and potentially sharing) an email address you use for business or personal correspondence. Guerrilla Mail, which offers temporary “disposable” email addresses, is a good option for this step, but make sure to complete the process before your account automatically disappears.
PeopleSmart is owned by BeenVerified opting out of BeenVerified will remove you from PeopleSmart. This is recommended because at the same time it will also remove you from BeenVerified. Go to their opt-out website and search for your listing by putting your first and last name.
Find your listing and click on the arrow to the right of the box.
Enter the email address you just created and perform the CAPTCHA.
A confirmation email will be sent to you within a few minutes. Click ‘verify opt-out’ at the bottom of the email.
Open up the email and click on the link. You will be redirected to their website to confirm the opt out process.
You’ll need to repeat this process for any other listings for you that are associated with different addresses.
What Information Does PeopleSmart Remove?
After you complete the PeopleSmart opt out process detailed above PeopleSmart will no longer include your information in its listings going forward. Keep in mind that dozens of other entities – other data mining websites marketers and individual users, for example—may have already accessed, downloaded, and shared, or sold your personal data. Simply opting out of PeopleSmart won’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.
You may also notice that your PeopleSmart listing still shows up in search engine results for your name, even after completing the opt out process. While users won’t be able to access your previous PeopleSmart record, they may still see snippets of your personal information in the search results preview. This information may linger online for some time depending on how various search engines index their results.
Additionally, the information sources PeopleSmart used to compile its profile of you still exist online, just not all in one place. Eliminating most or all of them can be an incredibly tedious and time-consuming process, which is why thousands of people rely on third-party removal services like Removaly, which uses powerful web search tools to locate and handle opt out processes for hundreds of online directory sites, data brokers and other information aggregators.
Frequently Asked Questions About Spokeo Listing Removal
Here are the answers to questions we are frequently asked about the PeopleSmart opt out process.
How Long Does it Take to Get My Information Removed From PeopleSmart?
According to BeenVerified, once you receive the email confirming that they have processed your opt-out request, your request will be reflected in our People Search results the next time our server refreshes. In most cases, this will take 24 hours to take effect. BeenVerified encourages you to check for yourself.
Is the Process of Removing My Information From PeopleSmart Secure?
When you use a data removal service like Removaly, any information you submit goes through SSL encryption to protect its security. If you choose to complete the opt out process yourself, PeopleSmart and BeenVerified do not offer any guarantees about the security of your data.
What Does PeopleSmart Do With My Personal Information?
Generally speaking, the information you use to remove yourself from PeopleSmart is used for that purpose alone. However, using an email address created explicitly for the removal process (as recommended in the step-by-step opt out guide) helps ensure that your personal or professional email address won’t inadvertently be retained or shared.
I Have More Than One Profile on PeopleSmart. What Should I do?
PeopleSmart draws its data from thousands of online sources, including government records, social media, marketing databases and even other data brokers. This online information has accrued over the course of your lifetime, so if you’ve used different names at different times or for different purposes (such as replacing a maiden name with a married name or using a nickname to subscribe to a magazine or digital newsletter), you may have separate records for each variation. Changes in address can also trigger new records.
Unfortunately, each of these separate listings must be removed via a separate opt out process. One of the primary benefits of data removal services like Removaly is that they take on this time-consuming, repetitive work for you, so you have more time to devote to the things you care about most.
What If I Don’t Have the Time Available to Remove My Data From All of These Sites?
If your information is on PeopleSmart, it’s almost certainly available through other data brokers as well, and there are dozens of them. Some are well-known and easy to find, such as Intelius, Whitepages and People Finder, but others fly under the radar and can be difficult for the average person to locate.
Even if you were to focus just on the more visible data brokers, completing all of the removal requests, confirmations and any needed follow-up can eat up hours of valuable time. Services like Removaly are able not only to locate both the highly visible and the obscure data mining services, but also take on the burden of completing the opt out process for all of them, allowing you to redirect your resources elsewhere.
Other Opt Out Guides
PeopleSmart and The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), passed in 2018 and implemented in January 2020, significantly shifted the landscape for online data brokers like PeopleSmart.
Under the law, California residents have the right to:
- Request that a business collecting personal information disclose the categories of information it collects, as well as the specific information the business has collected on that person and the purpose for which it was collected.
- Request that a business deletes any personal information it may have collected about them.
- Request that the business discloses the categories of personal information it sells and the purpose of the sale, as well as any personal information for that individual that the business has sold.
- Opt out of having their personal data retained or sold by a business.
Not only must companies comply with these requests at no charge to the requesting individual, but they are also required to provide a clear avenue for consumers to make these requests (typically a phone number, website, email address, or some combination of these). Companies’ websites must also include a detailed description of consumers’ rights regarding the collection and sale of their personal data.