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Anti-Doxing Resources[edit]

Doxing is the practice of publishing someone's private information without their consent. The resources below will help you prevent doxing, and can also provide some help if you've been doxed and want to minimize further damage.

These resources can also help prevent other personal info leaks and identity theft.

Huge thanks to Griffin B., who put together most of the links in this list.

General[edit]

  • Voter registration data is public in many US states, and can often be searched online with just a full name, or full name and zip code. Check with your Secretary of State website to see if your voter registration data is online, and if so, look to see if opting out is possible.
  • Create a Google Alert for your name to be notified when new information about you is posted online: www.google.com/alerts
  • Join the FTC National Do Not Call Registry: https://www.donotcall.gov/
  • Note: other than credit reporting agencies, no one should ask for your social security number or tax ID while opting out. When sending a copy of your ID, mark out the ID number and photo.

Credit Reporting Agencies[edit]

There's not a good way to fully opt-out of credit reporting. Get a free annual credit report via annualcreditreport.com (if you have a social security number or tax ID number). You can request it from all three credit reporting agencies from that link. You can also opt-out of pre-approved credit card & loan offers, which is a common vector for identity theft.

Equifax, Inc.[edit]

Opt-out by: Email, Phone, or Mail
Phone: 1-888-567-8688
Website: https://help.equifax.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2/noIntercept/1/kw/prescreen;
Address:
   Equifax Information Services LLC
   P.O. Box 740123
   Atlanta, GA 30374-0123

Experian[edit]

Opt-out by: Phone or Website
Phone: 1-888-567-8688
Website: http://www.experian.com/privacy/opting_out_preapproved_offers.html

TransUnion Corp.[edit]

Opt-out by: Email, Phone, or Mail
Phone: 1-888-567-8688
Website: http://www.transunion.com/corporate/business/datareporting/support/opt-out.page
Address:
   TransUnion
   Name Removal Option
   P.O. Box 505
   Woodlyn, PA 19094

Fair Isaac Corporation[edit]

Opt-out by: Email or Phone
Notes: While you may not have heard of Fair Isaac, you've definitely heard of credit scores. The scores are created by FICO from information from one of the three credit reporting agencies above. If you've used one of their products directly, they do keep a fair bit of data.
Email: SharingOptOut@FICO.com
Phone: 1-888-342-6336

LexisNexis Group[edit]

Opt-out by: Mail or Website (in some cases)
Notes: LN isn't a credit reporting agency per se, but is maintaining a large amount of data that is frequently incorrect. To comply with the FCRA, they do allow people to obtain their own file, and to correct errors.
Obtain your information via mail: https://personalreports.lexisnexis.com/access_your_full_file_disclosure.jsp
Pre-approved offer opt-out: http://www.lexisnexis.com/risk/prescreened-offers-optout/
Full opt-out online: Fully opting out of LexisNexis's system is only possible for people who are in physical danger or who've faced identity theft.
Website: http://www.lexisnexis.com/privacy/for-consumers/opt-out-of-lexisnexis.aspx

Data Brokers[edit]

Spokeo.com[edit]

Opt-out by: Website
Website: http://www.spokeo.com/opt_out/new
Notes: Find your profiles, and submit them via the web form. They will be removed within a few days.

PeekYou.com[edit]

Opt-out by: Website
Website: http://www.peekyou.com/about/contact/optout/index.php
Notes: Find your profiles, and submit the unique ID from them to have them removed.

Pipl[edit]

Website: https://pipl.com/help/remove/
Notes: Refuses to allow opt-outs. Frequently incorrect info aggregated from across the internet.

WhitePages.com[edit]

Notes: To remove information, you must first make an account.
Step-by-step instructions: https://support.whitepages.com/hc/en-us/articles/203263794-Remove-my-listing-from-Whitepages-

Epsilon Data Management, LLC[edit]

Opt-out by: Email, Telephone, Mail
Website: https://www.epsilon.com/en_US/for-consumer/marketing-data-summary-request.html
Notes: Epsilon is one of the largest data brokers, and has bought up several smaller data brokers to obtain their databases (such as Abacus Corp).  Opt-outs may take up to three months to process.
Email: privacy@epsilon.com (US), emeaprivacy@epsilon.com (EU/EEA), apac-privacy@epsilon.com (Asia)
Phone: 1-888-780-3869

Acxiom Corporation[edit]

Opt-out by: Website or Phone
Website: https://isapps.acxiom.com/optout/optout.aspx
Email: consumeradvo@acxiom.com
Phone: 1-877-774-2094

Intelius, Inc.[edit]

Opt-out by: Website, Fax, or Mail
Website: https://www.intelius.com/optout.php
Notes: Intelius runs a number of "people finder" and "background check" websites. This opt-out form will apply to all of them.    You must provide an ID (faxed, scanned, or mailed) to opt-out.
Fax: 1-425-974-6194
Address:
   Intelius Consumer Affairs
   P.O. Box 4145
   Bellevue, WA 98009-4145

Ameridex[edit]

Opt-out by: Email or Mail
Website: http://ameridex.com/
Notes: Primarily public vital records (eg birth & death)
Email: info@ameridex.com
Address:
   Ameridex
   PO Box 193061
   San Francisco, CA
   94119-3051

BeenVerified[edit]

Opt-out by: Website or Email (privacy@beenverified.com)
Website:   http://www.beenverified.com/opt-out-instructions
Notes: Profile removed within 24 hours via the website.
Find profile: https://www.beenverified.com/f/optout/search

Harte-Hanks, Inc.[edit]

Opt-out by: Email
Website: http://www.hartehanks.com/privacy
Notes: Ask how to have your personal information removed. For advertising data, see Digital Advertising Alliance below.
Email: privacychoices@hartehanks.com

People Smart[edit]

Opt-out by: Website, email, or mail
Website:   https://www.peoplesmart.com/optout-policy
Notes: People Smart offers an API to companies, so opting out here may remove data from other sites. Look up your profile with no City&State to get all results. Can take 3-14 days to have data removed.
Find profile: https://www.peoplesmart.com/optout-go
Email: privacy@peoplesmart.com
Address:
   People Smart
   Privacy Department
   P.O. Box 391146
   Omaha, NE 68139

InfoPay EmailTracer[edit]

Opt-out by: Fax or Mail
Notes: They ask for a lot of info to opt-out. Only provide them with what you can see in their database (full name, address, and photo ID).
Fax: 1-617-993-9946
Find profile: http://www.emailtracer.com
Address:
   EmailTracer Opt Out Compliance Dept.
   P.O. Box 990043
   Boston, MA 02199

PeopleFinders.com[edit]

Opt-out by: Website
Website: http://www.peoplefinders.com/privacy.aspx
Notes: Look up information and click "That's Me," then click "Opt out my info" on the next page. You may need to check in cities you used to live in to find your profile.
Find profile: http://www.peoplefinders.com/manage

Peoplelookup.com[edit]

Opt-out by: Using Intelius opt-out method above.

PeopleSearchNow.com[edit]

Opt-out by: Mail
Website: http://www.peoplesearchnow.com/privacy
Notes: They require people to fill out a form: http://www.peoplesearchnow.com/Opt%20Out%20Request%20Form_PSN.docx
Address:
   Opt-Out/PeopleSearchNow.com
   1821 Q Street
   Sacramento, CA 95811

Phone Detective[edit]

Opt-out by: Website
Website: https://www.phonedetective.com/PD.aspx?_act=OptOut
Notes: Quickly remove one's phone number.
Email: privacy@phonedetective.com

PrivateEye[edit]

Opt-out by: Website or Mail
Website: http://www.privateeye.com/Help/default.aspx?from=hys0359866156&piid=03#RemoveFromRecords
Notes: Because this is several services, they mistakenly (?) direct visitors to People Finders to find/remove info.
Find/remove profile: http://www.peoplefinders.com/manage
Address:
   Opt-Out/PrivateEye.com
   1821 Q Street
   Sacramento, CA 95811

PublicBackgroundChecks.com[edit]

Opt-out by: Mail
Website: http://www.publicbackgroundchecks.com/privacypolicy.aspx
Notes: They ask for a lot of info to opt-out. Only provide them with what you can see in their database (full name, address, and photo ID).
Address:
   Public Background Checks
   305 5th Avenue S, Suite 201
   La Crosse, WI 54601

PublicRecordsNOW[edit]

Opt-out by: Mail
Website: http://www.publicrecordsnow.com/static/view/privacy
Notes: They ask for a lot of info to opt-out. Only provide them with what you can see in their database (full name, address, and photo ID).
Address:
   Opt-Out/PublicRecordsNow
   1821 Q Street
   Sacramento, CA 95811

USA People Search[edit]

Opt-out by: Website
Website: https://www.usa-people-search.com/manage/
Notes: Search database, find yourself, then select that record for removal.

US Search.com[edit]

Opt-out by: Mail or Fax
Website: http://www.ussearch.com/consumer/ala/landing.do?did=590
Notes: You must provide a copy of your ID and a letter with your name, address, and date of birth to opt out.
Fax: 1-425-974-6194
Address:
   Intelius Consumer Affairs
   P.O. Box 4145
   Bellevue, WA 98009-4145

Veromi.net[edit]

Opt-out by: Mail
Website: http://www.veromi.net/privacy.aspx 
Notes: They ask for a laundry list of personal info to process an opt-out. It's a good idea to find records and include the links in your request.
Address:
   Opt-Out/Veromi.net
   1821 Q Street
   Sacramento, CA 95811

Westlaw (Thompson Reuters Corp.)[edit]

Opt-out by:  Mail
Notes: They only allow opt-out for people who are in physical danger, are a judge or public official, or are a victim of  identity theft.

ZABA Inc.[edit]

Opt-out by: Fax
Website: http://www.zabasearch.com/privacy.php
Notes: Include a copy of your ID with your request.
Fax:  1-425-974-6194


Online Marketing[edit]

Digital marketing firms also conduct monitoring and correlation of user data. This is most noticeable with "retargeting," the phenomena where ads seem to follow you around the internet. Opting out won't keep ads from displaying, but helps limit retargeting and self-reinforcing ad cycles.

Network Advertising Initiative[edit]

Opt-out by: Website checklist
Website: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/#completed
Notes: Allows people to opt-out of several ad networks at once.

Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA)[edit]

Opt-out by: Website checklist
Website:  www.aboutads.info/choices/
Notes: Allows people to opt-out of several ad networks at once.

[edit]

Opt-out by: Website settings
Website: https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/ads/authenticated?hl=en
Notes: Partial opt-out. Must be logged into Google account to adjust settings. This would seem to be most useful to regular  Google or Chrome users.

Oracle / Eloqua / BlueKai / DataLogix Holdings[edit]

Opt-out by: Website settings or Mail
"Marketing Cloud": Must be conducted on each browser you want protected, since it's done via cookies.
Website:  https://www.oracle.com/marketingcloud/opt-status.html
"Offline Data": To remove offline data, you must send a letter with a copy of photo ID.
Address:
   Chief Privacy Officer, Oracle
   10 Van de Graaff Drive
   Burlington, MA 01803


Direct Marketers[edit]

If you get a lot of junk mail, opting out of these will help a bit. These databases are also frequently traded, so if you're trying to keep your home address off the internet, it can be a good idea to opt-out.

Direct Marketing Association[edit]

Opt-out by: Website
Website: https://dmachoice.thedma.org/register.php
Notes: Many companies use this database to automatically remove people who don't want to receive flyers, etc.

Dun & Bradstreet Corp.[edit]

Website:   http://www.dnb.com/utility-pages/privacy-policy.html
Phone: 1-800-234-3867
Email (US): customerservice@dnb.com (opt-out) or privacyofficer@dnb.com (inquiry)
Notes: They collect data on businesses and individuals, then sell/provide to third-parties. DNB is a *very* large organization -- most businesses in the US have a DNB number, and a company's DNB file acts as sort of credit report for business-to-business lending/services.

Cox Target Media (Valpak coupons)[edit]

Opt-out by: Website
Website: https://www.valpak.com/coupons/show/mailinglistsuppression 
Notes: Fill in address to be removed from mailing lists.

Infogroup Inc.[edit]

Opt-out by: Email, Phone, Fax, or Mail
Website: https://www.infousa.com/infogroup-consumer-choice-and-resource-center/
Notes: You must provide a copy of your ID and a letter with your name, address, and date of birth to opt out.
Email: contentfeedback@infogroup.com
Phone: 1-800-794-1404
Fax:  1-402-836-3993
Address:
   Infogroup
   Attn: Content Feedback
   1020 E 1st St
   Papillion, NE 68046

Meredith Corporation[edit]

Opt-out by: Website or Mail
Website: http://www.meredith.com/offlinePrivacy.html
Address:
   Meredith Corporation
   Opt-out Postal: Attn Circulation
   1716 Locust Street
   Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Merkle, Inc.[edit]

Opt-out by: Use DMA opt-out method. They remove data that matches DMA opt-out records.
Website: http://www.merkleinc.com/privacy

Reader's Digest (and other Trusted Media brands)[edit]

Opt-out by: Email, Phone, or Mail
Website: http://tmbi.com/privacy-policy/
Notes: They distribute snail-mail ads, telemarketing calls, and sell personal info to advertisers.
Email: customercare@rd.com
Phone: 1-877-342-4775
Address:
   Trusted Media Brands, Inc.
   PO Box 6095
   Harlan, IA 51593

Suarez Corporation Industries[edit]

Opt-out by: Email, Phone, or Mail
Website: http://www.suarez.com/privacy-policy/
Notes: Direct mail marketer
Email: cserv@suarez.com
Phone: 330-494-4282
Address:
   7800 Whipple Ave N.W.
   North Canton, OH 44720

Valassis Communications / RedPlum[edit]

Opt-out by: Website
Website:  http://www.valassis.com/
Notes: Junk mail; coupons and flyers.
Website: https://www.redplum.com/tools/redplum-postal-addremove.html