Radaris.com is an information broker, also know as a white pages or people-search site. It collects your personal information from many online sources and uses this information to create a comprehensive profile, available to anyone who requests it.
Clearly, this can be worrisome for people who are concerned about online privacy. In addition, getting your records removed from sites like Radaris isn’t always straightforward. That said, you can certainly opt out from Radaris if you follow the right procedures, so we’ll walk you through the steps you need to take. We’ll also provide some suggestions on automated solutions that can do the work for you.
How Radaris gathers your information
Before you can opt out of Radaris, you need to understand how the service works. There are three main approaches used by people-finder companies:
- Purchasing information from commercial or marketing indexes, collecting it into a database, and packaging it into a product that can be sold.
- Crawling the Internet for free content indexed by search engines and creating a searchable database based on this information.
- Combining Internet searches with “Deep Web” searches of commercial and government databases, then selling access instead of creating a database.
The amount of privacy control you have depends on the approach used by the information broker. Radaris uses the third approach listed above, and their data collection process is very thorough. Some of the sources used by the site include:
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 the public. The process varies slightly depending on how much information you want to remove, but the most thorough approach is as follows:
- Visit the Radaris removal information page and follow the steps there. If this removes sufficient information for your purposes, then you’re done!
- 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 e-mail address.
- Take a screenshot of the Radaris Web page in question, demarcating the item(s) that concern you to include with the letter.
- 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 desired.
- Fax all of these documents to (800) 861-9713 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that Radaris does not accept removal requests by phone.
Additional data broker opt-outs
For your reference, we’ve also compiled a list of opt-out directions for other popular people-search sites. You may want to consider opting out of these as well. Also make sure to check out Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s comprehensive list of people-finder databases for additional information.
- Intelius.com – Opt-out
- Acxiom.com – Opt-out
- MyLife.com – Opt-out
- Zabasearch.com – Opt-out
- Spokeo.com – Opt-out
- Peekyou.com – Opt-out
- USSearch.com – Opt-out
- PeopleFinders.com – Opt-out: (Form to mail in, scroll down to #8)
- PeopleLookup.com – Opt-out
- PeopleSmart.com – Opt-out
- PrivateEye.com – Opt-out
- Whitepages.com – Opt-out
- USA-People-Search.com – Opt-out: (Form to mail in)
- Spoke.com – Opt-out: Scroll Down to Access and Correction Section for more info
- DOBSearch.com – Opt-out
Protecting your online privacy the easy way
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 several of 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.