In this digital age, it’s not uncommon for us to conduct online searches to learn more about the people we encounter in everyday life, whether it’s a new neighbor, a first date or an aspiring employee. In those searches, the first results to pop up often come from data brokers such as Radaris.
These are companies that use powerful software to search through public records, social media profiles, news stories and other sources of information to compile comprehensive profiles for millions of individuals.
This data can be useful if you’re the one conducting the search, but it can also feel like an invasion of privacy when you stop to consider that others may be looking at that very same information about you. Even worse, data brokers are notorious for selling this personal information to anyone willing to pay a few bucks for access, which means your data could end up in the hands of aggressive marketers, spammers, identity thieves or stalkers.
While there are dozens of data brokers out there collecting data about you and millions of other individuals, a few major players—including Radaris—dominate the market. Radaris describes itself as “the industry’s provider of the most comprehensive profiles sourcing data from the nation’s largest providers and dynamically integrating these profiles with social mentions, factual references and billions of public records in real time.”
If you’re concerned about preserving your online privacy and preventing private companies from using your data to grow their profit margins, opting out of the Radaris database is one of the first steps you should take.
Some of the information that is typically found in a Radaris search result for an individual (per their own About page) include:
- Phone numbers
- Address history
- Patent filings
- Property records
- Professional histories
- Social media account profiles
- Profiles photos and related images
How to Perform a Radaris Search
Radaris touts their search process as being a simple six-step protocol:
- Enter – Just type the person’s name and click the 🔍 icon.
- Search – We comb our database and return a list of all the matching profile names.
- Refine – Narrow your results with state or city if you want
- Get Free Profiles – 100% free information about the person, business or property you searched.
- Background Checks – Access the most recent data and complete public records available.
- Subscribe – Get unlimited access to all our services, plus automatic data updates.
Co-Founder Note: Radaris is good to rope users into believing that they will be able to obtain extensive personal information for free. However, as you will note below, the actual “100% free information” from your search is extremely limited, with extensive calls to action for paid subscriptions.
When searching a name in Radaris, the process can take some time, as per their own search function they check through data sources at the federal, state, and county levels.
There are four options for searches: People, Businesses, Properties, and Phones. For People searches (which we will focus on), you search by first and last name, as well as a city, state, or ZIP code to narrow searches down. For Business searches, you search for a business name and a state. For Property searches, all you need is an address, and for Phone searches you provide a phone number. All of these queries ping off the same massive database.
When you search for your first name and last name and combine with a location-specific identifier, you are provided a list of names. If you have a very uncommon name, you will get very few results, which is all the better for you. If you receive extensive results, you can filter by age and state to further narrow down results.
After you find your specific profile, click the Full Profile button to get extensive amounts of free personal information about you, your relatives, and those close to you.
FINDINGS FROM BASIC RADARIS SEARCHES
A free Radaris search would seem like it would provide you with an extensive amount of personal information on first glance. However, in reality, they provide alternate names, a list of people you are related to, and a few addresses and phone numbers. There are tabs for backgrounds and phones and addresses, as well as reports for background checks for both. Multiple buttons and links in the initial results page leads to the paid reporting area of Radaris.
Co-Founder Note: While researching people searches for our Radaris opt out process, we happened to come across the person we were using for the example, noted as deceased. This was interesting, as this person was not deceased, and at no point did anyone note him as deceased to Radaris.
THE FINAL STEPS IN THE RADARIS REPORT GENERATION PROCESS
Unlike some alternative people search websites (looking at you, Intelius), Radaris gets straight to the point with their sales pitch. Regardless of what button you hit from the main people search card, you are led to the same payment page, touting this message in lieu of mentioning that it’s a paid service:
The final report page notes that the background report will contain known names, full addresses, phone numbers, locations lived, related people, and email addresses. Additionally, they note that the background report may contain associated people, property records, your social security number, criminal records, sex offenses, address history, speeding tickets, and more. It’s enough to make you consider how to disappear completely!
If the availability of this information about you to anyone who feels like paying a few bucks for it bothers you, a Radaris opt out is the perfect solution.
If you’d like another gut punch to convince you that a Radaris opt out is important, here is their guarantee on that same page: Radaris strives to provide the best data in the market. If you don’t find the information you need, we will personally help you find the right report at no additional cost.
Co-Founder Note: While testing out searches for our Radaris opt out process, we found something interesting. The URL for the report purchase looks like this: radaris.com/ng/report/autoselect_report?pid=XXXXXXXXXX. The X’s is a unique 10 digit code. You can change this code and it changes the name and information!
HOW MUCH DOES A RADARIS REPORT COST?
To “activate your account and unlock your report”, there are two package options available as of mid January 2021:
- Their recommended service is one month of unlimited reports, at a cost of $34.78 per month (there does not appear to be an option to pay for an annual subscription).
- Their quarterly service is three months of unlimited reports, at a cost of $83.47 per quarter, or $27.82 per month.
Once you sign up, your membership will automatically renew every 30 days unless you cancel before the start of the next term. Radaris will charge the recurring monthly membership fee of $34.78 to the same payment option you use until you cancel. Conversely, you will be charged $83.47 every 90 days if you choose the quarterly service option.
Does This Bother You?
It’s understandable that most people don’t want their personal and private information accessible online this easily. Luckily for them, it’s possible to opt out of Radaris. The Radaris opt out process removes your records, which makes it far more difficult for stalkers, identity thieves, and other malicious people and entities from obtaining your personal information.
Co-Founder Note: Intelius owns quite a few subsidiary data broker companies. For this reason, opting out of Intelius will also automatically remove personal data from several of their owned websites, including USSearch and ZabaSearch.
If you wish to perform the opt-out process yourself, below is a free guide showing you exactly how to remove yourself from Intelius. However, if you don’t have the time, don’t want to deal with the hassle, or fear the technical skills involved, Removaly’s services provide no-hassle opt-outs for Radaris and a large array of data brokers and people search websites.
What is Radaris?
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. The site allows users to search for information at no cost, although full access to the data comes at a cost.
Users can search people by name, browse through databases of criminal records and sex offenders, conduct reverse phone number and address searches and find the name and other contact information associated with a specific email address. From these searches, available data points may include a person’s full name, age, current mailing address, resumes and employment history, marriage and divorce records, relatives’ names, criminal history, photos, videos and more.
Radaris users can also search for information about specific businesses and access available details like address, employee counts, financial information, civil judgments and bankruptcies. According to Radaris, its business background check tool can be used to verify the credit-worthiness of potential business partners, research a potential employer, learn how long a contractor has been in business and find out whether a business has been involved in legal or criminal issues.
Radaris offers two membership options:
- The Radaris Basic Membership is $25 per month and includes unlimited Advanced People Search reports and discounted Background Checks at $10 each.
- The Radaris Premium Membership is $50 per month and This plan includes unlimited Advanced People Search reports and discounted Background Checks at $4 each.
How Does Radaris Work?
Like other data brokers, Radaris uses a wide range of online sources to aggregate its information, including phone directories, email databases, social networking sites, property and tax records, court records, government records and more. The company has even been known to send representatives to government offices to obtain public records that aren’t available online.
However, Radaris also relies heavily on the work of other major data brokers, including Intelius, Lexis Nexis, MyLife and Spokeo. All of this information is packaged into a single file and sold to paying customers along with a variety of other paid services, such as notifications to subscribers when new information about them appears online.
While their practices may seem invasive, data collection, sharing and selling is all perfectly legal in the United States. However, you do have the power to request that data brokers remove you from their systems and stop sharing the information they have collected about you. The process for opting out is different for every data brokerage firm; below, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions for removing yourself from Radaris.
What are the Risks?
Not only does Radaris pull information from publicly available sources like social media profiles and property records, it goes a step further by incorporating reports from other data brokers, increasing the potential to expose an enormous amount of personal data about you.
If you opt out of data brokers like MyLife and Spokeo but fail to opt out of Radaris, it’s possible that all the information collected by the other data brokers remains easily accessible to almost anyone. With a single click and a modest payment, would-be scammers, stalkers and identity thieves can find out the most intimate details of your life: where you live, where you work, the names of your family members and even information about your finances and personal interests.
Opting out of Radaris and other data brokers won’t erase all of your data from the internet, but it does make it much more complicated to find and use against you.
How to Remove Yourself from Radaris
To properly and fully remove your information from Radaris, you have to make separate removal requests for each record that relates to your personal information.
While it can be done manually, we highly recommend using a data removal service such as Removaly. Our goal is to make this exact process a simple solution for your data removal needs. We not only handle Radaris removal, but also X more data aggregators, including BeenVerified, MyLife, Intelius, Spokeo, White Pages and more.
For those who wish to go about the manual process, below is a step-by-step Radaris opt out guide.
Radaris Opt Out Guide
The Radaris opt out process is actually quite visible directly on their home page. This link will take you directly to the start of the opt-out process. Additionally, the start of the process is a three-step explanation of what the opt out process is and why it can be difficult.
They also dig into why they are able to obtain the data that they currently have on you and your loved ones: “Federal open records laws, such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), provide access to government documents and public records. State “sunshine” laws also provide the means by which the public can gain access to government documents and scrutinize the behavior of public officials.”
They discuss data collection and management, public record access & distribution, and more. And then the option comes up to search for your name.
Yes, you are seeing that correctly. To opt out of Radaris displaying your data, you are going to have to register for their services. Don’t worry, we will walk you through the Radaris opt out process to ensure you aren’t going to be spammed by the exact same company you are trying to remove your data from.
Co-Founder Note: There are additional steps that need to be taken, and a more manual process, for those in government and law enforcement. Radaris states the opt out and removal process for statutory-protected individuals, law enforcement officers, judges, and district attorneys at this link.
When you do an initial search at the end of the opt-out instructions, the possibility exists that there will be multiple instances of your profile. Our example search provided two results, one with a first name and last name, and another with a first name, middle initial and last name. It should be noted that the person searched for in the process of result removal had passed away over four years prior to our search (note that I have removed the personally-identifying information).
One thing that I found interesting was that the top result for Known as for each of the two listings was the other listing. When you find your listing you would like to control the info for, click the Control Info button, which pushes you through to the next step: a login screen.
We highly recommend not connecting your Google or Facebook accounts to Radaris, and instead opting for an encrypted email such as Protonmail, something that you can utilize for all opt out processes you navigate through, not just the Radaris opt out process.
Once you log in or sign up, you will be asked to verify your identity (Radaris says “Your registration information will remain confidential“) by confirming your real name, and entering a cell phone number from which you can receive and relay a verification code (Radaris says “We never share or disclose your phone number“). The verification text comes almost instantly.
Once you have verified the account, you receive a pop up that will either let you click into your profile/listing, or view your account. Click into your account, which will usually be at the My Page link, since you have verified ownership of the listing.
When you get to you account, you have an option to make your profile private, or delete specific records. You will want to click Delete Specific Records for this part of the Radaris opt out process.
When you enter the next page of the Radaris opt out process, you will see that there are specific records you are able to delete. Most people don’t have an exorbitant amount of information in their Radaris listing. Which is good, as for some reason they only allow you to delete up to six “records” at once. If you have more than six records, start with the six most personally-identifying pieces of information to remove.
For example, for the person in question, the following information existed in the listing:
- Public records: Personal information and vehicle records (including the VIN, which was for an incorrect vehicle).
- Phone numbers and addresses: The address and phone number listings went back over 25 years.
- Social network profiles: The only profile that showed up here for this individual was Google Plus.
Co-Founder Note: Going for the “lowest hanging fruit” with your Radaris opt out process can be daunting, as each Phone Number and Address listing counts as a “record”. We recommend selecting the most recent two to three to remove right off the bat in your Radaris opt out.
Select the six items you would like deleted initially, and then click the orange Remove selected record(s) button at the bottom of the page. Once you submit, you get a simple confirmation page that states “Your Removal request is accepted and processed.”
While the estimated turnaround time for records removal is 72 hours, we recommend waiting seven days before checking to ensure that the data has been properly removed. If you have more than one listing, you can create a new Radaris account using the plus trick if you have a Gmail account, then submit removal requests for the additional listing(s).
What Information Does A Radaris Opt Out Remove?
Radaris allows you to select specific records for removal, which may include contact information, employment history or property tax records, just to name a few. However, as Radaris reminds users during the Radaris opt out process, removing or privatizing your profile on its site will not remove your personal data from the dozens of other sites from which Radaris sources its information.
This extensive list of sources includes district courts, local government records, police reports, deed and license registries, credit reporting agencies, local and state phone directories and the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, as well as a multitude of other online data brokers.
To thoroughly wipe your personal data from the internet, you’ll need to complete the opt out process for each of these individual sites, which often requires significant amounts of time and energy. Using a data removal service like Removaly can not only save you time, but also ensure that your information is removed from some of the more obscure sites that can be difficult to locate and contact.
Frequently Asked Questions About Radaris Listing Removal
We often receive questions about different aspects of removing your personal information from sites such as Radaris. Below are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive as it relates to both general data removal as well as Radaris opt out data removal.
How long does it take to get my information removed from Radaris?
If you choose to privatize your profile, it should immediately become inaccessible to other users. If you opt to delete specific records, the removal process may take up to 48 hours.
Is the process of removing my information from Radaris secure?
According to Radaris, the company uses security best practices to protect users’ financial and personal information. All transactions use 128-bit encryption with the site’s Extended Validation SSL certificate, and its servers are checked regularly for payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) compliance.
What does Radaris do with my personal information?
According to its website, Radaris does not maintain a database of public records; all data available through Radaris comes from public records databases and other sources, such as property transactions, voter registration information, postal address change requests, phone companies and even contests and sweepstakes.
Once you complete the process of removing your information from these sources and Radaris has noted the update, the information will no longer appear in Radaris’ search results. Radaris also does not use certain categories of information, even if it is available through public sources.
This information includes Social Security numbers, information about minor children under age 18, health-related information, bank and credit card information, credit rating information and information obtained by court order or subpoena.
I have more than one listing on Radaris. What should I do?
Radaris works to try and aggregate their data into one listing for each person. However, they also scrape data from massive public records databases provided by data brokers. As a result, it is possible that these data brokers may provide conflicting information about you that would cause duplicate records to be created. Three examples of things that may cause this include:
- Name variations (middle initial, nicknames, suffixes and prefixes).
- Combinations of records being imported simultaneously.
- Differing addresses listed as a current address.
These discrepancies would cause new records to not properly match to existing listings. When this occurs, separate listings are created in databases, which in turn becomes a new listing for you on Radaris’ web properties.
If this occurs, the Radaris opt out process needs to be followed separately for each additional listing for your information. It should be noted that it is important to ensure that these duplicate records truly are duplicates, and not people who have the same or a similar name.
What if I don’t have the time available to remove my data from these sites?
On its site, Radaris lists a daunting number of sites from which it sources its information, and requesting removal from all of them could take days or even weeks—and even then, you might miss some obscure sources of personal data. To ensure that your information is as secure as possible without having to devote all your free time to accomplish this objective, enlist the services of a trusted data removal company like Removaly.
You’ll gain the peace of mind of knowing that all of your available personal information has been removed or privatized, and you’ll be able to spend your time on the things you care about while Removaly does the grunt work for you.
Radaris and The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into effect at the start of 2020, requires companies that collect, share and sell consumer data to meet strict disclosure guidelines and establishes specific rights for consumers around the collection of their data.
The CCPA confers the following rights on all California residents:
- The right to request details about the categories of personal information collected by a business
- The right to know what information a business has collected about that individual and for what purpose it was collected
- The right to demand that the business delete any personal information it may have collected about them.
- The right to opt out of having their personal information collected, shared or sold by a business
The law requires companies not only to comply with these requests, but also to provide easily accessible channels through which consumers can make these requests, typically via a dedicated phone number, email address or both. Companies’ websites must also provide a comprehensive disclosure of consumers’ rights regarding the collection and sale of their personal data.
Unlike some data brokers, Radaris actually makes this information relatively straightforward and easy to locate on its website. At the bottom of its home page, users can click the “DO NOT SELL MY INFO” link to go to the page for California Consumer Privacy Act Opt Out Requests.
This page provides specific instructions for removing one’s profile from the Radaris site. Additionally, it includes a link to the company’s complete California Consumer Privacy Notice, which describes the categories of information collected, the way personal information is used and more information about the right to a Radaris opt out.