We live in a digital age where it seems nearly impossible to maintain your privacy. There are some measures that can be taken to limit your exposure, however. While numerous companies make money by collecting data from public records and selling it to people looking to perform quick and easy background checks, there are ways to stop these companies from tossing around your personal information willy nilly. Reddit user “pibbman” has compiled a list of all the major background check sites that hand out your data to anyone with a credit card, and he has included instructions and links on how to opt out of their services and have your information removed from each site. Of course, be sure to search your name before opting out of any service — you’ll be required to prove your identity to these companies in order to opt out, and there’s no reason to hand over your information if they don’t already have it. Pibbman notes that once you have your personal information removed from each of the major sites he lists, you should also disappear from smaller sites as they seem to pull in data from the “big boys.” Hit the break for the start of this how-to guide, and hit the read link for the rest. More →
What sigh of relief that big corporations are really looking out for the little guy. Most recently, this sentiment comes in the form of being able to opt out of Verizon’s plans to share all your carrier-related data with its affiliates and agents. Wow, thanks Big Red! Verizon is sending out letters that give its customers 45 days upon receipt of said letter to opt out of the information sharing plan – so pay close attention to your mail! Or, if you are going paperless, like many eco-friendly folks, you ought to check the Verizon site. Oh, but wait, there’s a catch. It appears as though the details are not delineated online as the CPNIN option is currently “Not Available.” If you have trouble getting the information, you might want to call Verizon Wireless and tell all your friends and family, too – unless you really don’t care. After all, it’s only your billing info, technical info, location info and service purchases that are going to be exposed here.