How to Remove Personal Information From Zabasearch

Letters in a post office box

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Zabasearch has updated their privacy information and is endeavoring to make it easier for users to get their information removed from Zabasearch's indexes. However, that does not mean that this information is not still publicly available on the Web via other means (search engines, directories, etc.). Learn more about keeping your Web information private by reading How to Guard Your Web Privacy.

Many people have expressed concern about how to remove personal information from Zabasearch, a free people search engine. Note: search engines and websites frequently change their policies; at the time of this writing, all of this information has been verified. 

Your Zabasearch Information

Information gathered at Zabasearch is a matter of public record. They are not compiling anything on anyone that is not already out there online, in the White Pages, the Yellow Pages, or other commonly known informational databases, websites, or other online platforms. 

There's only so much you can do to keep your information private, and some things will always be a part of public record (most court records, for example, are publicly searchable). That being said, you can still do quite a bit to keep your information out of Zabasearch and other public information databases. Here are five things you can do to keep your information more private.

Get a P.O. Box

You can remove your private address from public view by getting a P.O. Box for bills. This is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to get your information out of sight. Use the USPS Post Office Locator to find a post office near you.

Get an Unlisted Number

If you already have an unlisted number, it might be a good idea to change it and take VERY special care to whom you give it to. Phone numbers that are in public records are public access, and if your unlisted number is in there, it's a matter of public record. For example, here are five ways to find a cell phone number online.

Read Privacy Policies

Yes, they're pretty dry, but it's a good idea to read them. Find out if the company you aim to do some kind of business with does not intend to sell your information — you'd be surprised how many actually do. In addition, it's wise to familiarize yourself with the policies of the services you use online and how they use your information; learn how Google tracks your searches for an example of this.

Try Mailing a Removal Request

You can mail written requests to informational databases formally requesting that your information be removed. However, anyone who wants to will still be able to see that information in search engine caches for a limited time, plus, this can be quite time-consuming. 

The Simplest Way to Remove Your Information

Zabasearch provides a simple way for readers to remove their information from their database; however, it should be kept in mind that simply removing this from Zabasearch's records does not mean that the records are not still searchable on the Web at large. 

In order for us to suppress or opt out your personal information from appearing on our website, we need to verify your identity. To do this, we require faxed proof of identity. Proof of identity can be a state issued ID card or driver's license. If you are faxing a copy of your driver's license, we require that you cross out the photo and the driver's license number. We only need to see the name, address, and date of birth. We will only use this information to process your opt-out request. Please fax to (425) 974-6194 and allow 7-14 days to process your request.

Zabasearch Email and Contact Information

It's highly suggested that you go the written letter removal route instead of email to provide a paper trail, however, if you'd like to do both, here's a couple of email addresses you can use for contacting someone within Zabasearch:

  • info@zabasearch.com
  • optout@zabasearch.com

According to WhoIs, Zabasearch's registry information is as follows:

Zaba, Inc.

2828 Cochran Street, Suite 397

Simi Valley, California 93065

United States

You Do Have Options

Privacy online — including the release of your personal information, records, and other data — is ultimately up to the user. For more ways to stay private on the Web, try these articles: