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BeenVerified Opt-Out Guide: How To Remove Your Info For Good

BeenVerified collects and sells personal data that can put you at risk of spam — and scams. Follow this guide to remove your information for good.

BeenVerified collects and sells personal data that can put you at risk of spam — and scams. Follow this guide to remove your information for good.

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      Can You Remove Your Personal Data From BeenVerified?

      BeenVerified is a data broker and people search site that collects your personal information and sells your profile to marketers, government agencies, and even potential scammers.

      For just $20 to $30 a month, any BeenVerified user can pull your:

      • Employment information
      • Email address
      • Physical address
      • Phone number
      • Property details
      • Professional history
      • Court records
      • Vehicle information
      • Social media accounts

      Having your personal information available on BeenVerified (and other similar people finder sites) won’t only lead to more ads and spam — it can also open you up to identity theft when combined with other leaked data.

      (The Identity Theft Resource Center reported that the private information of at least 350 million people was leaked last year alone [*].)

      In this guide, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on how to remove your personal data from BeenVerified — and keep it secure. 

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      How To Remove Your Data From BeenVerified

      BeenVerified.com and other data broker sites (like InstantCheckmate and TruthFinder) aren’t subject to federal privacy regulations. Even states with their own privacy laws, like California, have exemptions for the sale of publicly available personal information [*]. 

      The lack of legal protection makes it difficult for consumers to remove their information from data broker lists, but it’s not impossible. 

      There are three ways to opt out of BeenVerified: 

      • People Search opt-out removes your current and past addresses, employment history, and social media accounts from search results.
      • Property Search opt-out removes your identifying information — and association with a property — from search results.
      • Contact Search opt-out removes your contact information — such as phone numbers and emails — from search results.

      It’s important to note that going through these opt-out processes can’t guarantee that BeenVerified won’t create a new account with your data in the future. The only way to keep your data off of BeenVerified and other data broker sites is to use a data protection and privacy tool that will track your information and submit removal requests on your behalf.

      How to remove your personal data from BeenVerified’s People Search

      BeenVerified People Searches can show your date of birth, criminal record, deeds, relatives, and even your estimated net worth. To withhold that information, go to BeenVerified’s People Search opt-out page.

      Screenshot of BeenVerified’s opt out process asking you to enter your first and last name

      First, type in your first name and last name to find your record. It should list your name, birthday, family members, and known location.

      Screenshot of the results of BeenVerified’s people search showing a 69-year-old woman named Elizabeth’s personal info with a button to proceed with the opt out

      If you can’t find your record, add a middle initial or your current city and state in the filters on the left side of the screen. You can also slide the age range filter to narrow the results. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, BeenVerified suggests:

      • Signing up for monitoring reports.
      • Double-checking your search for typos or misspellings.
      • Searching for related information.

      If you find multiple records with your name on them, send an email to privacy@beenverified.com for help.

      When you find your record, click on “Proceed to Opt Out.” The screen will refresh and ask you to fill in your email address.

      On the right-hand side of the opt-out page, you’ll see some FAQs explaining that: 

      • BeenVerified won’t sell the email address you provide without your consent.
      • You don’t need to be a BeenVerified user to opt out of results.
      • You don’t need to pay to remove your record.

      Check the Captcha box, complete the puzzle, and then click on “Send Verification Email.” 

      In a few seconds, you’ll receive an email prompting you to review your details. If these details are correct, verify your opt-out at the bottom.

      In 24 hours, run another BeenVerified’s People Search to confirm your record is gone. If it’s not, contact privacy@beenverified.com

      How to remove your location data from BeenVerified’s Property Search

      BeenVerified Property Searches allow users to find owner information on almost any property, even those for sale or in pre-foreclosure. To delete identifying information from your property, go to BeenVerified’s Property Search opt-out page

      First, enter your street number, street name, city, and state. Results will appear dynamically as you type. If you live in an apartment or condominium complex, click on the result with multiple entries; then click on your unit.

      Next, you’ll see an aerial view of your property, along with building details like size and number of bedrooms. At the bottom of your record, there will be a masked owner(s) name with your first and last initials. Click on Continue.

      Screenshot of the results of BeenVerified’s address search showing an aerial view of an apartment building in Studio City, California.

      Now, enter your email address to submit your removal request. Just like the People Search option, you should receive an “Action Required” email shortly afterward to review your information and verify your opt-out.

      Finally, check that the opt-out search went through. Type your address into the opt-out search field in a day or two to make sure your information is gone. If it’s not, clear your browser history and try the search again. If your data still shows up, contact BeenVerified.

      How to remove your contact details from BeenVerified’s Contact Search

      BeenVerified Contact Searches reveal your name, job title, past companies you’ve worked for, address, state, and city. To remove this information, head to BeenVerified’s Contact Search opt-out page

      Start by typing in your first name, last name, and city. The job title and company fields are optional, but providing them may help you find your record faster.

      Then, a list of people's records will appear. Scroll down until you find yours. It should include your name, location, and employment history.

      Now, click on the Opt-Out button. The page will refresh, and you’ll need to provide your email address. Once you do, you’ll receive an email asking you to review and verify your opt-out request.

      Screenshot of BeenVerified’s opt out confirmation email showing a woman named Elizabeth’s personal information with a button to verify the opt-out.

      When you click on “Verify Opt-Out,” a page will appear confirming your request and letting you know it will take roughly 24 hours to process.

      At the same time, you’ll receive a confirmation email letting you know that BeenVerified will not return your record in future Contact Report search results.

      Note: BeenVerified only lets you remove one record at a time from search results. If you want to remove information about your spouse or child, reply to your confirmation email and work with the BeenVerified team directly to get the contact information of your family members removed.

      💡 Related: How To Remove Your Personal Information From the Internet

      How To Ensure BeenVerified Doesn’t Re-Add Your Information

      Public records businesses like BeenVerified and Intelius continually scrape data from public sources. So even if you delete your data today, they could still re-add your information to their lists tomorrow.

      Data broker opt-out tools help you break the cycle of checking and removing your data and also protect your privacy online

      For example, Aura constantly monitors BeenVerified and over 30 other data brokers and sends take-down requests to remove your personal data. With Aura, you’ll also get a virtual private network (VPN) to hide your browsing data, antivirus tools for all of your devices, plus 24/7 support and award-winning identity and fraud protection.

      🏆 Protect your privacy and identity with Aura — plans start at $3/month. Aura keeps your privacy safe and secures your identity, finances, and online accounts from scammers and hackers. Learn more about how Aura keeps you safe.

      How To Keep Your Private Data Off of Data Broker Lists

      While removing your data from BeenVerified can help protect your privacy, it’s always better to take a proactive approach. 

      Here’s how you can minimize the amount of sensitive information that data brokers and scammers can find out about you online: 

      • Limit what you share with services. The less information you share with services — especially your phone numbers, financial details, etc. — the safer you’ll be in the case of a database breach. Also, always check the “Do not sell my personal information” checkbox when creating a new account.
      • Remove your personal information from Google searches. If you find personal or contact details when you type your name into Google’s search engine, you can hide those results by using Google’s removal request tool.
      • Tighten your social media privacy settings. Protecting your personal information on social media makes you less susceptible to phishing scams and also shields you against the consequences of data leaks. Consider toggling off location sharing and limiting what you share in posts and reactions. Switching to a “private” account won’t hide your comments, name, or profile picture. 
      • Delete old accounts. One brute force attack can leak your data — even from accounts you no longer use. Take a moment to deactivate old accounts, unsubscribe from old newsletters and promotions, and delete apps you rarely use. 
      • Sign up for data breach notifications. A Dark Web monitoring tool can warn you if your personal information has been leaked in a data breach and is circulating on hacker forums or marketplaces. 
      • Remove yourself from direct marketing and telemarketing lists. To block unwanted phone calls, add your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry at DoNotCall.gov. Stop junk mail by registering for DMAchoice. You can also submit an opt-out request for prescreened credit card and insurance offers by visiting OptOutPrescreen.com. This service has a five-year opt-out, or you can remove your information indefinitely by mailing in an opt-out form.
      • Use email aliases and other “data masking” tools. Use a “throwaway” email to sign up for discounts or newsletters, and forward messages to your real account. If a crook hacks your throwaway email, your real email address (and its contents and contacts) stays safe. VPNs and other data masking platforms also provide good safety measures. They mask your IP address and dynamically change sensitive data as it is accessed.

      Protecting your personal data and digital footprint is a job in and of itself. Let Aura do the work for you. 

      By continuously scanning databases and removing your data from spam and data broker lists, Aura instantly reduces your exposure to telemarketers and fraud. Plus, all Aura privacy plans include a VPN, account monitoring, antivirus protection, and 24/7 U.S.-based support. If you fall victim to identity theft, Aura offers a $1 million insurance policy to help you get back on your feet.

      Aura keeps you safe, secure, and private — plans start at just $ 3/month.

      Editorial note: Our articles provide educational information for you to increase awareness about digital safety. Aura’s services may not provide the exact features we write about, nor may cover or protect against every type of crime, fraud, or threat discussed in our articles. Please review our Terms during enrollment or setup for more information. Remember that no one can prevent all identity theft or cybercrime.

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