How do I remove my personal information from Zabasearch and other directory websites?
February 10, 2010 12:34 PM   Subscribe

How do I remove my personal information from Zabasearch? And while I'm on the topic, are there other directory websites I should be concerned about and how would I go about removing my information from those?

I need to remove my information from Zabasearch. It's my understanding that they will exclude your listing for two years for a fee of $20. That's not an option I like an awful lot. My pride recoils at the thought of having to pay a for-profit corporation money to keep my private information private; it feels too much like extortion. At the same time, I need to have this information removed by next week, so I'm willing to swallow my pride and cough up the money. If you have gone this route, how quickly did they remove the information? And was it removed for the full two years, or did they add it again in a few months? If there is a quick and free method to remove the information, I'd be interested in hearing about that as well.

And while I'm on the topic, are there other, similar directory websites that might be putting my personal information out there? How can I remove my information from those as well?

Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: No help on the removal front, but delivers scary amounts of info. Like traffic tickets. Including drivers license number. And height and weight.
posted by ferociouskitty at 12:45 PM on February 10, 2010

Best answer: Shortly after zabasearch lauched I followed the instructions on their site to opt out and I've never turned up in their results since. Other than postage, it was free and a quick read of that link mentions nothing about $20. It took about two months for my listings to disappear, however.
posted by jamaro at 12:50 PM on February 10, 2010

Best answer: If you click on the "record created" link you can pay $20 to block for two years. Not sure if it actually happens. I'm in there six times in various correct and incorrect addresses.
posted by shothotbot at 1:37 PM on February 10, 2010

Best answer: The problem is not Zabasearch per se, it's where they get the info from. In my case, it absolutely has to be my credit report. There is no possible way to link my maiden name to my current address except through my credit report. Oddly, my married name does not even show up on Zabasearch or Pipl (I've been married for a year and a half and have a car and a few credit cards in my name). If you stop Zabasearch, it will still be available on Intelius and various other sites.

So I'd first investigate if you can stop the credit reporting agencies from selling your info. You're screwed on public information such as birth, marriage, and court records though.
posted by desjardins at 2:03 PM on February 10, 2010

Best answer: I'm just hoping that over time the bad data and a few more stalking deaths will make all this go away - not a reasonable hope, I know. (And cruel to the currently living stalking victims.)

Zabasearch's instructions for being removed may or may not work (they haven't worked for me) and they and their ilk are regularly found to be unmoved by the information that some of their data is only available via a breach law failure.

Sometimes, when this is long national nightmare is really getting to me, I like to pull up some of the various audits that have been done on credit agencies and so forth. They do not do well - but why would they, when their business model is selling data that will help you indentify risk.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 6:35 PM on February 10, 2010

Best answer: LexisNexis knows you. LexisNexis knows aaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll about you.

Fortunately, LexisNexis charges other people who also want to know about you, so it's not just "out there." It's still scary how much information they have.
posted by Jacqueline at 7:06 PM on February 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks, everyone!
posted by jason's_planet at 10:21 PM on February 11, 2010

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