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Opt-out Tuesday: How to remove yourself from US Search

Like it or not, your personal information is online for anyone to find. This can include your full name, address, phone number, police record, employment information and more. People search sites scrape this information from public records, court records, social media and other sources.

Many sites exist solely to offer such services. You only need a small piece of information, such as a person’s phone number, and from there, you can locate more information on them. Tap or click here for our running list of people search sites with instructions for removal.

For this entry in our weekly Opt-Out Tuesday series on removing yourself from people search sites, we’ll show you how to remove yourself from US Search.

Avoid people search sites at all costs, especially if it costs you

Don’t ever pay for any people search service. Most of these sites are scammy in nature. You may think you’re paying for one report and find that you’ve been roped into recurring charges.

Don’t pay to remove your information from any site. This process must be provided for free, as you can see in the steps below.

Do you have older relatives who may not know about these sites? While you’re opting out yourself, why not do the same for them? Just type in their information as you would your own, and follow our steps to completion.

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Pioneering data broker

One of the earliest people search sites is US Search, which launched in 1993. The site boasts that you can use it to access billions of records. Like many such sites, this one claims it’s designed to help you “find long-lost friends and family members.” You can bet those aren’t the only types of people using these sites.

Scammers and hackers can use these sites to find victims. The more information they have, the more damage they can do. The sites themselves can sell information to third parties, such as data brokers, that use the data for targeted advertising.

Get your data out of there

US Search is part PeopleConnect, which has several people search sites under its umbrella, such as TruthFinder, InstantCheckmate and Intelius. All these sites and more now use the same opt-out processes.

The original US Search opt-out page is now a broken link, so you’ll have to go through PeopleConnect:

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  • Check your inbox for a confirmation email from Tap the Verify Email button in the message.
  • Enter your name and email address and scroll down and hit Save when you’re done.
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  • Go back to the top of the page and select the Suppression Setting tab and wait for your information to show up.
  • If the information matches yours, select the Visibility Setting dropdown menu and select Suppressed.
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  • If you can’t locate your information, select the Identity tab at the top to go back to the previous page.
  • Hit the Edit Identity button and enter more information, such as another email address you use. Verifying more of your information may help to locate your matching profile on the site.

NOTE: PeopleConnect pushes the suppression tool as the best way to stop people from finding you on its sites, but there is also an option to delete. Before you do so, know that PeopleConnect states that deleting your data will also delete your suppressions.

With that in mind, here’s how delete your data:

  • Go to and scroll down to the Right to Delete section.
  • Enter your email address (if you followed the suppression steps above, your information may already be in the system and you won’t have to enter your email address again).
  • Hit the Delete My User Data button. You’ll get a message saying you have to complete the process via a link in your email.
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  • Check your inbox for a message from Tap the link at the bottom to permanently delete your account data.
  • You’ll be taken to a confirmation page. Keep an eye out for another email message confirming your deletion.

NOTE: If you’ve already gone through the PeopleConnect deletion process for Intelius or another site, you’ll get an email stating that there is no record associated with your email.

If you have any trouble completing these steps or need more information, write to or call 888-245-1655.

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