In our previous article we wrote about the problems a client usually faces while removing private information from the Internet. This time we asked our support managers Marina and Anthony to tell us more about useful tips to simplify and speed up the process of removing private information from the Internet.
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#1 Use Opt-Out Templates
Save your time! First and foremost, get ready to send dozens removal requests. In most cases, you will be asked to send an email, fax, a letter or fill out the form on the website with the request to delete your information. You will have to do this over and over again, not to mention that removal requests would be of the same type. To make your life easier, create a template for opt-out requests. This hack will save your time and will prevent you from writing the same message over and over again. The opt-out template below is applicable for most data brokers and people-search websites.
Subject: Opt-out request
My name is (First, Last Names). I prepared this request to remove personally identifiable information about me. To prevent identity theft, stalker issue and physical harm, I ask you to remove:
1) The following webpage from your website:
2) The following personally identifiable information about me from your website’s database:
- First name
- Last name
- Middle initial
- Aliases & AKA's
- Current address
- Phone number
Please, find attached a copy of the driver’s license/ID that contains personally identifiable information about me.
Thank you for respecting my privacy and honoring my choices regarding personally identifiable information. I would appreciate confirmation from you regarding this request.
First and Last names
#3 Use reminder apps
The removal time may vary. In some cases it takes just a few seconds to process your request, whereas for others you will have to wait 1-2 months. All that you can do in this situation is to be patient and check the specific website at the end of the removing period. As you probably remove your private data from many people-search websites and databases, it wouldn’t be superfluous to set reminders on your phone or laptop.
This is how much may it take to process the opt out request.
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#7 Be nice
Yes! Simply as that. We realise that you may feel depressed or even angry. Try to calm down. Unfortunately there is no law prohibiting to collect and spread online personal data. In other words they are not obliged to remove public records. BUT! We are all human beings. Ordinary people are sitting on the other side of the computer screen. Always remember that and send your opt-out requests showing respect. And you will be surprised how attentively they will be considered. And always remember: aggression generates aggression.
So be nice 🙂
#8 Remove outdated content from Google and Bing
If a people-search website has removed your profile but the link still shows up in Google search results — don’t panic!
That means that Google hasn’t reindexed its search engine yet. The link will naturally disappear in 1-2 weeks.
To remove a dead link from Google search engine:
- Open the Google Removal Tool.
- Just enter the URL (http://example.com) you want to remove.
- Wait 1-2 business days. The link will be removed.
To remove a dead link from Bing search engine:
- Go to bing.com and sign in with your Microsoft account (formerly known as Windows Live ID).
- In the Content URL input box, enter the exact URL you found in the Bing web results (for example, by using Copy Shortcut/Copy Link Address functionality in your browser).
- In the Removal Type drop-down menu select Page Removal.
- Click Submit.
Unfortunately, there is no similar tool on Yahoo. If you need to remove a dead link from Yahoo search engine make sure that a non-Yahoo website has removed your personal records and wait until Yahoo updates its content refresh cycle (up to 6-8 weeks). Until then you’ll see the result in question in Yahoo Search results.
#9 Use the removal service
Nothing could be easier and nothing will save your time and nerves as much. This is the main goal of OneRep! The system automatically scans people-search websites and databases including spokeo, beenverified, instantcheckmate, intelius, peekyou, zabasearch., find exposed private information about a person (address, cell phone, DOB, e-mails, age and etс.), and removes personal data from these websites.
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