Spokeo is a data broker known to outsource publicly available information to and from other data brokers. Spokeo compiles data from a variety of online and offline sources to create a "report" of your personal information.
When a member locates your Spokeo profile, they are given the option to "unlock" your profile for a small purchase price. Instantly giving them access to your personal information.
Spokeo receives data from many sources including public records and mailing lists, surveys, social media profiles, and more. Spokeo's database includes standard contact information similar to that offered by other search companies, but we also curate unique data sets.
Spokeo states the search 100+ social media sites to collect your information including:
Spokeo is a legitimate information-gathering site. Spokeo takes the hassle out of searching for public information and compiles it into a single profile. Spokeo offers a secure and private way to search for information. Spokeo, like similar services, has been criticized for listing the personal information of unwitting individuals online and making a profit from the exploitation of that data.
In 2012, Spokeo was slapped with an $800,000 fine by the Federal Trade Commission for alleged deception and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Acting as a credit reporting agency triggered the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which includes a list of legal obligations, such as giving consumers a process to challenge incorrect information, for example. Spokeo did not comply with them, according to the FTC.
Spokeo addresses listings and provides a complete overview of the property including historical and public records. Spokeo states on their website that they are unable to remove the entire listing. They will, however, respect your privacy and can remove any names that are associated with an address.
To delete your information from Spokeo, search for your listing and then copy the URL. Next, go to Spokeo’s opt-out page. Copy the URL and paste it into the form. To receive the confirmation link and to complete the CAPTCHA challenge, you will need an email address. You must click the link in your email.
This is how you can opt out of the site:
If you find your information is still on their website after they have agreed to remove it, contact their customer service at 1 (877) 913-3088
You can prevent your name from appearing in search results from these places by making sure that your profiles aren’t visible to search engines. Make sure all social media profiles are private. If your profile was public already, it is too late.
If your information is active on Spokeo.com it typically means it was scrapped from another people-search website across the web. To learn more about protecting your online privacy, contact NewReputation today.