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How to opt out of Radaris and protect your privacy

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Like all people-search sites, Radaris.com makes money by gathering and selling individuals’ personal data to anyone who requests it. Unfortunately, having your data exposed in this way poses many privacy risks, including making it easier for someone to steal your identity.

The best way to protect your privacy is to remove your personal information from Radaris’s database.

Because this process is somewhat complicated, we will walk you through each step. We’ll also provide some background on how Radaris works as well as how you can simplify the process with an automated solution.

How Radaris gathers your information

Before you can opt out of Radaris, you need to understand how it gets your data in the first place. Like other people-finder companies, Radaris gathers personal data by combining internet and “deep web” searches of commercial and government databases, including public records.

Some of the sources Radaris uses to find your information include:

  • Acxiom
  • Bing
  • Dun & Bradstreet
  • Epsilon
  • Equifax
  • Experian
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Intelius
  • LexisNexis
  • LinkedIn
  • RELX
  • Transunion
  • USPTO

Radaris even goes so far as to send representatives to courthouses and other government offices to gather information not available online.

Radaris opt-out process

To remove information from Radaris, you first need to claim your profile, then hide it from public view as follows:

  1. Enter your first and last name, as well as your city and state, into the search form on Radaris.com and click “SEARCH.”
  1. Click “View Profile” on the result that is the best match for you.
  2. On your profile page, click the down-arrow to the right of the blue Background Report & Contact Info button and select “Control Info” from the drop-down menu.
  1. Select “Control Info.”
  2. Create an account (using a temporary email address or one created just for opt outs like this) or log in if you already have an account.

From here, you can either remove all your information or just delete certain records.

To hide all information

  1. Confirm your account and profile name match your actual name.
  2. Enter a cellphone number to receive a verification code.
  3. Enter the code and choose “Manage Info.”
  4. Click “Make profile private.”

To delete specific records

  1. Follow the steps above but select “Delete specific records” instead of “Make profile public.”
  2. Click the box beside the record you want to delete.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Remove selected record(s)” button.

If you live in California, you can simply fill out the form on Radaris’s California Consumer Privacy Act Opt Out Requests page.

Other steps you can take

If you still see information you don’t want to be visible, you’ll need to write a removal-request letter. In it, provide your name, any other names or aliases, your current and previous addresses, and a contact email address.

Take a screenshot of the Radaris page in question, demarcating the item(s) that concern you to include with the letter.

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Provide a copy of your state or federal identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. This ID must give your full name, address, and date of birth, although you can black out the ID number and photo if you want.

Fax these documents to (800) 861-9713 or email them to customer-service@radaris.com. Note that Radaris does not accept removal requests by phone.

Additional data broker opt-outs

For step-by-step instructions on how to delete yourself from the biggest information brokers, see our article How to remove yourself from the top people-search sites.

We’ve also compiled a list of opt-out page links for your reference:

You can find additional information, including whether a site accepts opt outs and links to each data broker’s privacy policy, on the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s Data Brokers page.

Automating the opt-out process

At ReputationDefender, we realize that opting out of all these data broker sites can be time-consuming and tedious. That’s why we’ve developed a suite of privacy protection tools that simplify the process for you:

  • Privacy Pro: A fully automated service, Privacy Pro can quickly remove you from the most common people-finder databases on the internet, minimizing the amount of personal information available online. Privacy Pro also provides information on new privacy threats as they appear, so that you can proactively manage your online reputation.
  • ExecutivePrivacy: A managed privacy protection service, ExecutivePrivacy combines the automated methods of Privacy Pro with manual removal requests conducted by a privacy expert.

If you’d like to explore your privacy options in greater detail, just give us a call. We are happy to offer free advice about your particular privacy situation.