How to Remove Your Personal Information From the Internet
Delete your public records from popular sites
If you’ve ever searched for someone on the web, what you usually end up finding is data gleaned from publicly accessible information. Websites that have this data, like phone numbers, addresses, land records, marriage records, death records, criminal history, etc., have collected and consolidated it from dozens of different places and put it in one convenient hub.
While this information is available online for public access, it’s the consolidation of this information in one place that can make people uncomfortable. The most popular people search websites simply use information that’s a matter of public record, however, this data used to be somewhat obscured by how difficult it would be for someone to compile this amount of information on someone.
The following websites are not doing anything illegal. This is all public information. Sites that collate this type of data function as search engines for public data. We all scatter small bits of our personal information all over the place in real life and online, but since it’s spread out and requires effort to access, this affords us a certain level of privacy. Aggregating all this information into one place and making it so easily accessible can bring up serious privacy concerns.