How to Remove Your Personal Information From the Internet

Delete Your Public Records From Popular Sites

Multiple headshots of different people with one in the center erased.

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.

Below, we'll look at how you can opt out of several of the most popular background check and people search websites. You do not need to pay for your information to be removed.

Note: Removing your data from these websites does not make it inaccessible; just less easy to access. Someone who knows what they're doing will still be able to find this information, but it will definitely be more difficult to track down. If you want to remove all traces of your identify from anywhere on the web, it's almost impossible with how much free information is available to those who want to dig for it.

For more information on how to be more private online, read the following resources:

How to Remove Personal Information From Radaris

Screenshots showing how to delete your information from Radaris

To remove your personal information from Radaris, find yourself in their public records and then verify that you are who you say you are, so that you can delete your data from their website.

  1. Visit the Radaris homepage.
  2. Search for yourself using the text boxes.
  3. On the result that pertains to you, click Full Profile.
  4. On the profile page, next to the Background Check & Contact Info button, use the small arrow to select Control Info.
  5. Click Control Info on the following page.
  6. Log in to finish removing your data. You can make a new account right now using the form on the page, or log in with Facebook or Google.
  7. Fill out your information to verify that your name matches the record on Radaris.
  8. Enter your phone number in the space provided so that they can send you a verification code.
  9. When you receive the code, enter it on the Radaris website.
  10. Select the View Profile button on the next page.
  11. Repeat step 4 above by selecting the Control Info button.
  12. On the next page, click Manage Info.
  13. Next to your profile, select Delete specific records​.
    1. You can instead make your entire profile private by choosing the other link on that page.
  14. Scroll through the list of records and put a check in the box next to anything you want to remove from Radaris.
  15. At the very bottom of the page, click Remove selected record(s).

How to Remove Personal Information From USA People Search

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USA People Search allows you to fill out a form to review what the website has on you so that you can choose to opt out of their database.

  1. Visit the Opt Out page and search for yourself.
  2. Find the entry that has your information in it, and click THAT'S THE ONE.
  3. Complete the security check and agree to the TOS.
  4. Click Continue.

How to Remove Personal Information From Whitepages & 411.com

Screenshots showing how to delete your information from Whitepages

Whitepages does not let you edit the information they have on you, nor can you necessarily delete the information. However, they do provide a way to to hide your information from their website.

Note: 411.com uses the same information found on Whitepages, so deleting your personal data through the steps below is how you remove your information from 411.com, too.

  1. Search for yourself from the Whitepages homepage.
  2. When you find your information, click View Details.
  3. From the navigation bar in your browser, copy the URL to your profile page.
  4. Paste the URL into the Opt-out of Whitepages form.
  5. Click Opt-out.
  6. Verify that the information is what you want to delete from Whitepages, and then click Remove me.
  7. Pick a reason for wanting to erase your online information.
  8. Click Submit.
  9. Enter your phone number into the box.
  10. Click Call now to verify.
  11. Whitepages will call you and have you type the number you see on the screen.

If your information is being displayed in a premium listing, you have to verify your identity in order for the data to be deleted. To do that, fill out this support request form and choose I need to edit or remove a listing.

How to Remove Personal Information From PrivateEye.com & PublicRecordsNOW

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To delete your name and other information from PrivateEye.com and PublicRecordsNOW, you have to first find your profile.

  1. Use the Manage Your Public Records page on Peoplefinders.com to find your information.
  2. Locate the profile that belongs to you, and click This is me.
  3. Click opt out my info.
  4. Agree to the terms and complete the security check.
  5. Click continue.

Note: According to both PrivateEye.com and PublicRecordsNOW, submitting this removal request "can block your records from being shown in many, but not all, of our search results".

How to Remove Personal Information From Intelius

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Intelius is one of the most widely-known pay-for-information people search websites, so it has lots of information on many people. In order to delete your data from their site, you have to fill out a form.

  1. Use the Intelius Opt-out form to find your information.
    1. There's also an age filter after you perform the initial search, which you can use if there are too many results to sift through.
  2. Locate the entry that includes the information you want to remove, and click Select & Continue.
  3. Enter your email address in both text fields on the next page, and check the box in the CAPTCHA area.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Check your email for a message from Intelius. 
    1. If you don't see the email, check your Spam folder. If it's there, move it into your Inbox folder via drag-and-drop.
  6. Click the link in the email to submit your opt-out request.
    1. You'll get another email with a reference number, which you should keep in case you need to contact them later if they end up not removing your information.

How to Remove Personal Information From ZabaSearch

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ZabaSearch is an extremely popular people search engine, as well as somewhat controversial due to how much information can be found there. 

According to ZabaSearch's record blocking policy, you must verify your identity over fax in order to delete your information. You can verify who you are by sending a copy of your state issued ID or by faxing over your driver's license.

If you're going to send your driver's license, cross out the photo and the driver's license number; they only need to see your name, address, and date of birth to verify that you are the same person mentioned in the public records.

Fax this information to 425-974-6194 and allow up to six weeks for them to process the removal request.

Tip: If you don't have access to a fax machine, there are free online fax services and even apps that can fax documents.

How to Remove Personal Information From PeekYou

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PeekYou offers a very simple form to fill out to delete your information from their directory.

  1. Search your name and location on PeekYou.
  2. Click your name when you find the right entry.
  3. Go the URL in your browser and copy the string of digits at the very end.
    1. Tip: Keep this page open because you'll need the full URL again later.
  4. Visit the PeekYou OptOut form and fill out all the fields.
    1. Next to Actions are two options you can choose from: Remove only my age and Remove my entire listing
    2. Paste the characters from the URL into the Unique ID section of the form.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the opt-out form to put a check in the security box and the agreement boxes.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Open the email PeekYou sent you, and reply to it, including your name, location, and the full URL to your listing.
    1. If you don't see the message, check your Spam folder, and move it into the Inbox folder to respond.

You'll get an email from PeekYou after your information has been removed; it should only take a day or two. You can check the URL they send you to double-check that your personal data has been cleared.

How to Remove Personal Information From BeenVerified

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Deleting your data from BeenVerified can be accomplished by completing a form on their website, and then you have to follow through by clicking a link in your email. Your information is typically deleted 24 hours later.

  1. Search your information in BeenVerified's Opt-Out search.
  2. Click your entry when you find it in the list.
  3. Enter your email address on the following page.
  4. Put a check in the verification box.
  5. Click Send Verification Email.
  6. Click Verify Opt-Out in the email BeenVerified sent you.
    1. If you don't see the message, check in your Spam folder. If it's there, move it to the Inbox folder and then click the link.

How to Remove Personal Information From AnyWho

Screenshots showing how to delete your phone number from AnyWho

Unlike some of these people finding websites, AnyWho explains in their privacy policy that only your residential phone number can be removed. It should take just one day to complete the request.

  1. Do a reverse phone lookup or regular person search on AnyWho's website.
  2. Click your name in the list of results to access your profile page.
  3. Click Remove Listing.
  4. Fill out the form with all the same information from the AnyWho page, and then click Remove Me​.
    1. Note: AnyWho directs you to YellowPages.com to fill out the form.

Note: You can leave your email address out of the form if you want to.