Maintaining your privacy in today’s technological age is, at best, a difficult task. It requires constant effort to remain below the radar. But, if you have a presence somewhere on the Internet — say through a social site like Facebook or LinkedIn — it is impossible.
There are organizations that scour the World Wide Web for information on individuals in order to organize it in one place and make it available to individuals and other organizations — both for free and for a fee. One of these is the site, www.spokeo.com.
It markets itself as “Not your grandmother’s phonebook,” and it may contain your photos, biographical information, email addresses, financial data and other information that is publicly available. Go there and search for your name and you’d be amazed at the information that may appear.
However, spokeo™ will remove your listing from its free portion upon request. After you locate your listing, copy the URL from the top, click on the privacy button at the bottom and paste in your URL. This won’t completely remove your information that’s readily available, but it will remove it from one public source.