How to opt out of Radaris and protect your privacy

padlock 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 poses worrisome privacy vulnerabilities. To make things worse, Radaris is one of the hardest people-search sites to remove your records from. That said, it can be done, and 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, which limits your options, especially because Radaris’s current privacy policy does not provide a simple opt-out process.

To complicate the issue, Radaris’s data collection process is very thorough. Some of the sources used by the site include:

  • Acxiom
  • Datalogix
  • Epsilon
  • Equifax
  • Experian
  • Rapleaf
  • Transunion
  • MyLife
  • ZabaSearch
  • Spokeo
  • PeekYou
  • USSearch
  • LexisNexis
  • PeopleFinders
  • PeopleLookup
  • PeopleSmart
  • PrivateEye

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

There are only certain types of data Radaris will remove for you. The company has developed a policy of not removing personal data derived from public records, so to completely erase your presence on the site, you will need to contact the original sources directly. (To seal government records, you will need to convince a court that you have a valid reason for having your public records suppressed.)

The process for removing non-governmental information from Radaris is as follows:

  1. Visit the Radaris removal information page
  2. Write a removal-request letter, provide your name, any other names or aliases, your current and previous addresses, and a contact e-mail address.
  3. Take a screenshot of the Radaris Web page in question, demarcating the item(s) that concern you to include with the letter.
  4. 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.
  5. Fax all of these documents to (800) 861-9713.

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.

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:

ReputationDefender Pro: A fully automated service, ReputationDefender 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. ReputationDefender 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 ReputationDefender Pro with manual removal requests conducted by a privacy expert.