Cyber Security Lesson Time
Your personal information on the internet
Have you ever Googled yourself before? Get ready to be appalled when you do. Years and years of your personal data and information is being stored and distributed to those willing to pay for it. Our marketing director took a walk down the “how to get rid of your information online” path and this is what she found to share with all of you.
First we will discuss who is getting your information and how they are getting it. In the following lesson, we will discuss how to remove it, and in the final- other steps you need to take after this to be as safe as you possibly can be moving forward.
Lesson 1 of 3: Data Sources
There are many many websites and data brokers where your personal information is listed for public viewing. To this date- we do not have a way to centrally delete it all from all of them at once with one single request- so if you are committed to removing your personal information we have all the steps. Unfortunately every single source has to be contacted directly in order to remove it all and/or edit personal information.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal open records law that provides access to government documents and public records. There are also “sunshine” laws that gain access to information to view the behavior of public officials. The list contains where the sources come from for the providers and brokers:
- District courts
- Local Government
- County registries
- Police and arrest records
- Criminal records web sites
- Licenses registries
- Deeds registries
- Local and state phone directories
- White Pages
This list contains the name of data providers who aggregate, host, and distribute your personal and business information… we will discuss how to contact them in the next lesson.
- Dun & Bradstreet
- Reed Elsevier
Data Brokers & Web sites
That was a lot- so stay tuned for the next lesson on how to remove your information from all of these sites.