How to Remove Your Information from the Internet for Free:

The 2022 DIY Data Removal Guide

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Paying someone to remove your data isn’t for everyone. If you are the DIY type and don’t mind doing to work yourself, here is a great place to start.

How to actually remove your data

In short, you need to visit each data broker and people search website and request they remove your data. There are approximately 200 of these websites, so this process is time consuming. We include a few lists of these sites at the end of this article to help you get started. Use a spreadsheet to track your progress for the different sites. And so you have an idea of the amount of time this could potentially take you, depending on how much of your data is out there, we estimate it will take someone around 30 hours to do this the first time. It is also suggested you do this every six months or so, since some of the website will add your data back if they find it somewhere else.

Opt out process overview

The removal process is often found from a link on the footer of their website or in their privacy policy or terms and conditions page.

There are generally four different types of opt out processes that you will see on a people search or data broker website. For each of these types, you will go to the website first, find a link somewhere on their page that says “Opt out,” “Removal,” “Remove my personal information,” or something similar. You usually click that link and follow the instructions they give you. Here is a brief overview of the different processes you will come across:

Additional steps

Most websites require you to take additional steps to complete your opt out. They vary by site, but some websites make it a hassle to remove your data. Here are some things you are going to come across in the process:

Types of Records and how they make money

Not all data brokers or people search sites will show you what data they have for free. Here are the types of records you can find and how they make money. Some sites us a combination of the below tactics.

Blind removal - Some data brokers don’t allow you to purchase just one record. They often sell groups of records to businesses. For these types of sites, you have to submit your data blindly and hope they remove it if they have a record that matches.

Behind paywall - Some websites hide your information behind a paywall. You have to pay to see your record. Often it is $1 for a week of unlimited reports, then $30 a month after that.

Show all, refer to bigger site - Some websites will show you all the data they have for free. These sites often make money by showing you your record from a paid site that has more detail, and they get a commission if you buy from the bigger site. You have to remove your data from both sites to get it to stop showing up on this type of site.

Show all with ads – Some websites show you all the data they have while advertising to you.

Our list of 258 data brokers and people search websites
Name URL Automated Removal Guide Captchas
24Counter 24counter.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
411 www.411.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
411.Info 411.info Not yet Coming soon No
AbsolutePeopleSearch absolutepeoplesearch.com Yes Removal guide No
Acxiom www.acxiom.com Yes Removal guide Yes
AddressBook www.addressbook.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
Addresses www.addresses.com Yes Removal guide Yes
Adstra adstradata.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
AdvancedBackgroundChecks www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com Yes Removal guide Yes
AdvancedPeopleSearch www.advanced-people-search.com Yes Removal guide Yes
AlarmsCalifornia www.alarmscalifornia.org/ Not yet Coming soon No
AllAreaCodes www.allareacodes.com Yes Removal guide Yes
AllBiz www.allbiz.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
AllPeople allpeople.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
AmericaPhoneBook http://www.americaphonebook.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
Ancestry www.ancestry.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
AncientFaces www.ancientfaces.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
AnyWho www.anywho.com Yes Removal guide Yes
Archives www.archives.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Aristotle www.aristotle.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
Arivify www.arivify.com Not yet Removal guide No
ArrestFacts arrestfacts.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
AutoRepairCA www.autorepairca.org/ Not yet Coming soon No
Azerch www.azerch.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
BackgroundAlert www.backgroundalert.com Yes Removal guide No
BackgroundCheckers www.backgroundcheckers.net/name/landing Not yet Coming soon Yes
BackgroundCheckRun backgroundcheck.run Yes Removal guide Yes
BeenVerified www.beenverified.com Yes Removal guide Yes
BlockShopper blockshopper.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Bumper www.bumper.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
CallCenter www.callercenter.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
CallerCenter www.callercenter.com Not yet Removal guide No
CallerName callername.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
CallerSmart www.callersmart.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
CallTruth www.calltruth.com/landing_phone_lookup.php Not yet Removal guide Yes
Callyo callyo.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Catalog Choice catalogchoice.org/ Not yet Coming soon No
CellRevealer cellrevealer.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
Centeda centeda.com Not yet Removal guide Yes
CheckCaller check-caller.net/ Not yet Coming soon No
Checkr checkr.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
CheckSecrets www.checksecrets.com/name/landing Not yet Removal guide Yes
CheckThem www.checkthem.com Yes Coming soon No
CityData www.city-data.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
ClassFinders www.classfinders.com Not yet Coming soon No
ClickSearch clicksearch.us Not yet Removal guide No
ClubSet clubset.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
ClustrMaps clustrmaps.com Yes Removal guide No
ConfidentialPhoneLookup www.confidentialphonelookup.com Yes Removal guide Yes
ConnectedInvestors connectedinvestors.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
ContactOut contactout.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
CorporationWiki www.corporationwiki.com Not yet Removal guide No
Councilon councilon.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
CourtRecords www.courtrecords.org Not yet Coming soon Yes
Cubib cubib.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
CyberBackgroundChecks cyberbackgroundchecks.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
DataAxle www.data-axle.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
DataCheckInc www.datacheckinc.com Not yet Coming soon No
DataGemba datagemba.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
DataRecords data-records.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Dataveria dataveria.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
DelvePoint www.delvepoint.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
DetectSpam detectspam.com/reverse-phone-lookup Not yet Coming soon No
DexKnows www.dexknows.com Yes Removal guide Yes
DirectMail www.directmail.com Yes Removal guide No
DMAChoice dmachoice.org/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
DobSearch www.dobsearch.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
DoNotCallRegistry www.donotcall.gov Yes Removal guide No
EasyBackgroundChecks easybackgroundchecks.com Yes Removal guide Yes
EmailFinder emailfinder.com Not yet Coming soon No
Emerges www.emerges.com Yes Removal guide No
Epsilon www.epsilon.com/us Not yet Coming soon No
Equifax www.equifax.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
Experian www.experian.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
Fama fama.io Not yet Coming soon No
FamilySearch www.familysearch.org/en/ Not yet Coming soon No
FamilyTreeNow familytreenow.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
FastBackgroundCheck www.fastbackgroundcheck.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
FastPeopleSearch www.fastpeoplesearch.com Yes Removal guide No
FaxVIN www.faxvin.com Not yet Coming soon No
FindPeopleFast findpeoplefast.net/ Not yet Coming soon No
FindPeopleSearch findpeoplesearch.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
FindRec findrec.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
FindWhoCallsMe www.findwhocallsme.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
FindWhoCallsYou findwhocallsyou.com Yes Removal guide Yes
FreeCellSearch freecellsearch.com Yes Coming soon Yes
FreePeopleDirectory www.freepeopledirectory.com Yes Removal guide Yes
FreePhoneTracer www.freephonetracer.com Yes Removal guide Yes
FullContact www.fullcontact.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
GladIKnow gladiknow.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
GoLookUp golookup.com Yes Removal guide Yes
GreyPages www.grey-pages.com Yes Removal guide Yes
Haines&Company www.haines.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
HodgesDirectory hodges-directory.us/ Not yet Coming soon No
HomeDescription http://homedescription.com Not yet Coming soon No
Homemetry homemetry.com Yes Removal guide Yes
HPCC-USA www.hpcc-usa.org/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
IDCrawl www.idcrawl.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
IdentityPi www.identitypi.com Yes Removal guide Yes
IDTrue www.idtrue.com Yes Removal guide Yes
InfoPay www.infopay.com Not yet Coming soon No
Inforver inforver.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
InfoTracer infotracer.com Yes Removal guide Yes
InmatesSearcher www.inmatessearcher.com/name/landing Not yet Removal guide Yes
Innovis www.innovis.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
InstantCheckMate www.instantcheckmate.com Yes Removal guide Yes
InstantData instantdata.towerdata.com Yes Removal guide Yes
InstantPeopleFinder http://instantpeoplefinder.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
Intelius www.intelius.com Yes Removal guide Yes
IntelligenceX intelx.io/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
IRBSearch irbsearch.com Not yet Coming soon No
KidLiveSafe www.kidslivesafe.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
KiwiSearches kiwisearches.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Kwold kwold.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
Lead411 www.lead411.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
LexisNexis risk.lexisnexis.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
LocateFamily www.locatefamily.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
LocatePeople www.locatepeople.org Yes Removal guide Yes
Lusha www.lusha.com/privacy-center/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
MashPanel http://www.mashpanel.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
MugShotLook www.mugshotlook.com/name/landing Not yet Removal guide Yes
MyLife www.mylife.com Yes Removal guide Yes
NamesAndFacts namesandfacts.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
NationalCellularDirectory www.nationalcellulardirectory.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
NeighborReport neighbor.report Yes Removal guide Yes
NeighborWho www.neighborwho.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
NewEnglandFacts newenglandfacts.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
NorthCarolinaResidentDatabase www.northcarolinaresidentdatabase.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
NumberGuru www.numberguru.com Yes Removal guide Yes
Numberville numberville.com Yes Removal guide No
NumLookUp www.numlookup.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
Nuwber nuwber.com Yes Removal guide No
OfficialUSA www.officialusa.com Not yet Removal guide No
OhioResidentDatabase www.ohioresidentdatabase.com Not yet Removal guide Yes
OKCaller www.okcaller.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
OldPhoneBook oldphonebook.com Not yet Removal guide No
OnlineSearches www.publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
Oracle datacloudoptout.oracle.com/ Yes Removal guide Yes
Ownerly www.ownerly.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
PeekYou peekyou.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
PeepLookup www.peeplookup.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
PeopleBackgroundCheck people-background-check.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
PeopleByName www.peoplebyname.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
PeopleByPhone www.peoplebyphone.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
PeopleDataLabs www.peopledatalabs.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
PeopleFinder www.peoplefinder.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
PeopleFinders www.peoplefinders.com Not yet Removal guide Yes
PeopleLooker www.peoplelooker.com Yes Removal guide Yes
PeopleLookUp peoplelookup.com Yes Removal guide Yes
PeoplesCheck www.peoplescheck.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
PeopleSearch123 www.peoplesearch123.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
PeopleSearcher www.peoplesearcher.com/name/landing Not yet Removal guide No
PeopleSearchers www.people-searchers.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
PeopleSearchExpert www.peoplesearchexpert.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
PeopleSearchNow http://peoplesearchnow.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
PeopleSearchSite www.peoplesearchsite.com Not yet Coming soon No
PeopleSearchUSA www.peoplesearchusa.org/ Not yet Removal guide No
PeopleSmart www.peoplesmart.com Yes Removal guide Yes
PeopleSpy http://peoplespy.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
PeopleWhiz peoplewhiz.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
PeopleWhizr peoplewhizr.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
PeopleWin peoplewin.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
PeopleWizard peoplewizard.net/ Not yet Removal guide No
Persopo persopo.com Yes Removal guide No
PhoneBooks www.phonebooks.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
PhoneNumberData www.phonenumberdata.net/ Not yet Coming soon No
PhoneOwner phoneowner.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Pipl pipl.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
Plaid plaid.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
PrivateEye www.privateeye.com Yes Removal guide No
PrivateNumberChecker www.privatenumberchecker.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
PrivateRecords www.privaterecords.net/name/landing Not yet Coming soon No
PrivateReports www.privatereports.com/name/landing Not yet Removal guide No
ProPeopleSearch propeoplesearch.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
PropertyShark propertyshark.com Not yet Coming soon No
Pub360 pub360.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
PublicDataCheck www.publicdatacheck.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
PublicDataDigger publicdatadigger.com Not yet Removal guide Yes
PublicDataUSA publicdatausa.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
PublicInfoServices www.publicinfoservices.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
PublicMailRecords publicemailrecords.com Not yet Coming soon No
PublicRecords publicrecords.com Yes Removal guide Yes
PublicRecordsNow www.publicrecordsnow.com Yes Removal guide Yes
PublicReports publicreports.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
PublicSearcher www.publicsearcher.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
QuickPeopleTrace www.quickpeopletrace.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
Radaris radaris.com Yes Removal guide Yes
Rehold rehold.com Not yet Removal guide No
RevealName www.revealname.com Not yet Removal guide Yes
RevealPhoneOwner www.revealphoneowner.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
ReversePhoneCheck www.reversephonecheck.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
ReversePhoneLookUp www.reversephonelookup.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
SealedRecords www.sealedrecords.net/name/landing Not yet Removal guide Yes
SearcgBug www.searchbug.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
SearchPeopleFree http://searchpeoplefree.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
SearchPublicRecords www.searchpublicrecords.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
SearchQuarry www.searchquarry.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
SearchSystems publicrecords.searchsystems.net/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
SearchUSAPeople www.searchusapeople.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
SecretInfor www.secretinfo.org/name/landing Not yet Coming soon Yes
SelfieSystems wwv.selfie.systems/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
SentryLink www.sentrylink.com Not yet Coming soon No
SmartBackgroundChecks www.smartbackgroundchecks.com Not yet Removal guide Yes
SocialCatfish socialcatfish.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
Spoke www.spoke.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Spokeo www.spokeo.com Yes Removal guide Yes
SpyDialer www.spydialer.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
SpyFly www.spyfly.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Spytox www.spytox.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
StateRecords staterecords.org/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
SyncMe sync.me/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
TelephoneDirectories www.telephonedirectories.us/ Not yet Removal guide No
TennHelp www.tennhelp.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
ThatsThem thatsthem.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
TheRealYellowPages people.yellowpages.com/whitepages/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
ThisNumber www.thisnumber.com Not yet Removal guide No
Topwa www.topwa.org/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
TowerData www.atdata.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
TransUnion www.transunion.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
TrueCaller www.truecaller.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
TruePeopleSearch www.truepeoplesearch.com Yes Removal guide Yes
TruePeopleSearchIo truepeoplesearch.io/ Not yet Removal guide No
TruePeopleSearchNet truepeoplesearch.net Yes Coming soon Yes
Trustifo trustifo.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
TruthFinder www.truthfinder.com Yes Removal guide Yes
TruthRecord www.truthrecord.org/name_search/landing_page Not yet Removal guide Yes
UFind ufind.name/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
UnitedStatesPhoneBook http://www.unitedstatesphonebook.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
Unmask unmask.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
USAPeopleData http://www.usapeopledata.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
USAPeopleSearch http://usa-people-search.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
USATrace www.usatrace.com/ Not yet Removal guide Yes
USPhoneBook http://usphonebook.com/ Not yet Removal guide No
USPhonePro www.usphonepro.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
USSearch www.ussearch.com Yes Removal guide Yes
Valassis valassis.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
ValidNumber validnumber.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
ValPak valpak.com Not yet Coming soon No
VehicleHistory vehiclehistory.com Not yet Coming soon No
Verecor verecor.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
Vericora vericora.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
VerifiedLookUps www.verifiedlookups.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
Veriforia veriforia.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
VeriPages veripages.com Not yet Coming soon Yes
Verispy www.verispy.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
Virtory virtory.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
WeInform www.weinform.org Not yet Coming soon Yes
WellNut wellnut.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
WhitePages www.whitepages.com Yes Removal guide No
Whois www.whois.com/whois Not yet Coming soon No
Whooster www.whooster.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
WyTy www.wyty.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
Xlek xlek.com Not yet Removal guide Yes
YellowBook http://www.yellowbook.com/ Not yet Coming soon No
YellowPages people.yellowpages.com/whitepages Yes Removal guide No
YellowPagesDirectory www.yellowpagesdirectory.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
Zabasearch www.zabasearch.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
ZoomInfo www.zoominfo.com/ Not yet Coming soon Yes
Other lists
Let us know where else

If you find a site that isn’t in one of these resources, let us know and we will add it.