How to get your personal information off Spokeo

Since my job is primarily on the Internet, I’m pretty vigilant about my family’s privacy. So every now and then I’ll search my name to see what comes up. And even though I removed myself from the Spokeo database a few years ago, I was shocked by what I found this time when I searched my name on this people search site.

Let’s just say it felt like everything but my social security number–which every paid Spokeo member has access to. We’re talking cell phone, emails, addresses, occupation, relative names…wow.

Even if you don’t work on the Internet, if you value your privacy, I strongly suggest you remove your personal information from Spokeo right now, and here’s just how:

1. Head over to Spokeo.com and search your name. (Search maiden names, nicknames, and spouse names too.)

2. Results will come up based on state, so choose the one in which you currently live. Then pick based on your street.

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3. Copy the url of the page that has your specific info, like street and city, and yes, even a Google Earth photo of your residence (shown at top). A little disconcerting, right?

4. Click on privacy at the very bottom of the page in grey, and scroll down to “Removing Your Listing from Spokeo.”

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5. Paste the url, then add your current email address in the space, and complete the CAPTCHA.

6. Then check your email (or spam/junk if you don’t see it immediately) which will include a link for you to click to confirm the removal of your information.

That’s it.

Keep in mind, you need to grab the url from each of your specific locations, so if you have more than one residence on the website, you’ll need to do each of them individually. And we’re finding that it’s limiting us to only 5 at a time–but hopefully not for good. Some of us have a lot of past residences on there that need to come out.  -Kristen

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37 Comments

  • Reply September 3, 2012

    Selfish Mom

    Thanks for posting this. I’d never even heard of the site, and they had everything on there about me!

  • Reply September 3, 2012

    Jon Aston

    Aren’t there law3s against that sort of invasion of privacy? I would write my member of Congress or something.

  • Reply September 3, 2012

    JenO

    This is one of the few instances where having a very common name (such as Jennifer) works in your favor. I did remove the listings for the five it allowed me but it did take a bit of looking to dig thru the hundreds of listings with my first and last name. hopefully someone just casually looking for me would now just give up since the easy ones are removed.

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    jess

    I have never heard of this site, and I’m always checking to see what info is available about me and my family online. HOw creepy! Thanks for posting this; I removed both mine and my husband’s info!

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    Sarahviz

    Thanks for posting this – it’s worth it to note that this site also had my blog name/info on it as well. I would definitely urge people to search by their maiden name/married name/blog name! Kinda scary.

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    Sheila

    I deleted two listings under my actual name, four under my husband’s name, and then tried to delete two under my maiden name, but got a message saying: In order to prevent abuse, we must limit the frequency of automated privacy requests.
    Anyone know how long I have to wait before I can delete the rest of my info?

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    Mike

    No this is all public information, same information that comes up when you fill out a form and they ask for your former home or if you got a loan within this range, etc. What I don’t like is now i just verified my email with them, so if anything i just showed them their listing was accurate and real. But none the less i removed myself.

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    Mark

    Check out Snopes re: Spokeo (http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/spokeo.asp). Basically, your information is still out there publically, and another aggregator like Spokeo will provide your data. If someone really wants to find you, they will. Tinfoil hat thought: if you remove yourself from Spokeo, you may have just confirmed your data AND provided an updated email address to those underlying databases.

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    My Kids Mom

    It looks like I’ll need to check back tomorrow to see if they’ll really remove it. Even after the email confirmation, I still see it all.

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    Jen Singer

    One of your most helpful posts. Thank you!

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    Lu

    So… the only way we can get our personal info off their site, is to give them more personal info?! I want my info off, but I really don’t want to give them my email address either.

    Has anyone been spammed, after doing this?

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    Nicki

    Thanks so much! Unfortunately there is absolutely nothing to protect us from this.

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    the weirdgirl

    Thanks for posting this! I found two other public info aggregate sites besides Spokeo. You might want to pull your data off these too.

    http://www.publicrecords.com and http://www.intelius.com

  • Reply September 4, 2012

    Monica

    I hadn’t heard of these sites, and wow… I am trying to remove myself and my husband… I’m so frustrated with this kind of stuff… Thanks for posting!

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    Reply September 4, 2012

    Cool Mom Picks

    We have not found that, no.

    Also, you should always have some kind of “spammy” yahoo or hotmail account for things like this. No need to give them an email address with a name in it. -Eds

  • Reply September 5, 2012

    tomchicago01

    thanks, that’s a creepy site and thanks again.

  • Reply September 5, 2012

    ktown

    Hey Lu, try using a disposable email address like GuerrillaMail.com

    It generates a temporary inbox with a dummy email address that you can use for bull**** sites like spokeo.

    I used it and it works.

  • Reply September 5, 2012

    Jackie @ freeismylife

    Thanks for posting this important information. I had never heard of this site and there was totally too much info on it about me and my family.

  • Reply September 6, 2012

    Julie

    Thanks for this! I had eight address listings by my name, current address, phone, two usernames… I have now given them my email address, but I’m betting they had that already… I like knowing about GuerrillaMail.com for the future though.

  • Reply September 6, 2012

    ste

    Somewhat ironic that they limit how many times you can request for them not to post your information when you didn’t ask for it to be posted in the first place! Why is a site like this legal?

  • Reply September 6, 2012

    Julie Berry

    I can’t find the box to remove the information. Do I have to sign up and create a login to get to the page to remove my info.?

  • Reply September 6, 2012

    Shannon

    If you have changed your name, run a search on that too. All my college addresses were listed as well!

  • Reply September 7, 2012

    Deanna G.

    Thanks for the info. I couldn’t find myself, though. That’s a good thing I assume. :)

  • Reply September 11, 2012

    Gayle

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Creepy.

  • Reply September 12, 2012

    Gina

    I went through this process a long time ago, maybe last year but my information is still there. When I followed the steps above, I received a message that the URL doesn’t exist! Anyone have challenges with this?

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    insurance

    Great post. I am dealing with a few of these issues as well.
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  • Reply December 7, 2013

    Ky

    Thank you for this. I found my mom on here and was able to remove her listing.

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Breenah

    Thank you so much for this!

  • Reply December 15, 2013

    Concerned Teen

    Thank you so much! I had never heard of this site until I saw something about it on Tumblr.(Of all the places.) I’m still in the process of deleting friends and family, since I am still a minor, I’m very concerned and very angry about this. Thanks again, for posting this!

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Bri

    I went through the website and found several of my family member’s names, including my little sister’s, and she is a minor. How can this be legal? If finding our personal information is this easy, how safe are we really?

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Karen

    As several people have noted, be sure to be checking if your children’s information is on there as well. The site doesn’t differentiate between adults and minors.

  • Reply February 21, 2014

    Sanz

    Thank you for this useful information. I followed it and got the confirmation on Spookeo that the listing has been successfully removed. However, i still find the listing on the pipl website, does anyone know how long should it take to be removed from the database?

  • Reply June 16, 2014

    thank you

    Thank you

  • Reply July 5, 2014

    Latrina

    There suppose to be making a -SocialNetworkConstitution which would cater to sites like this..

  • Reply September 4, 2014

    Grace

    Thanks! Do you know how long it takes for the listing to be removed? I searched for my listing went back after filling out the opt out form and I can still find my listing…

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