Consumers Learning How to Opt Out of Data Aggregator Background Check Websites that Collect Personal Data

Consumers worried about the privacy of their personal information online will be happy to learn a recent posting on social news website Reddit.com – ‘HOW TO: Remove Yourself from ALL background check websites’ – provides a list of top data aggregator websites that collect the personal information of consumers for “background check” purposes and also instructions on how consumers may “opt out” of these websites with removal procedures and direct links. For information on how to “opt out” of data aggregator websites, visit http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/j1mit/how_to_remove_yourself_from_all_background_check/. The “opt out” information is also reprinted in the article ‘How to Remove Yourself From Background Check Sites’ on the website GeekSystem.com at http://www.geekosystem.com/get-off-background-check-sites/.

The lists on Reddit.com and GeekSystem.com of the top data aggregators online contains the following websites, as well as information on removal procedures using direct links:

  • Acxiom.com
  • BeenVerified.com
  • DOBSearch.com
  • Intelius.com
  • MyLife.com
  • PeekYou.com
  • PeopleFinders.com
  • PeopleLookup.com
  • PeopleSmart.com
  • PrivateEye.com
  • PublicRecordsNow.com
  • Radaris.com
  • Spoke.com
  • Spokeo.com
  • USA-People-Search.com
  • USSearch.com
  • WhitePages.com
  • ZabaSearch.com

As previously reported in the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Blog ‘White Paper Examines Accuracy of Background Check Mobile Phone Apps and Instant Background Check Web Sites,’ users of mobile phone apps and websites offering “instant” background checks on anyone at any time using information from databases should be aware that while these services are fast, cheap, and easy to use, they may not provide accurate information.

A recent white paper written by Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), and Kerstin Bagus, Director of Global Compliance at LexisNexis® Screening Solutions – ‘Background Check Mobile Phone Apps and Instant Background Check Web Sites: Fast and Easy, But Are They Accurate?’ – examines background check mobile phone apps and instant background check Web sites. According to Rosen and Bagus, some of the dangers of using these instant background check services include:

  • Reporting inaccurate information.
  • Returning information for the wrong person with the same name.
  • Creating a false sense of security.
  • Privacy issues for the person being checked.
  • Reputational injuries if the information is not correct.
  • Misuse of information for employment or tenant purposes.

“A Consumer Reporting Agency such as Employment Screening Resources is vastly different then data aggregators,” says Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ who founded ESR in 1997 to ensure safe workplaces for both employers and employees. “For example, ESR never utilizes the results of databases when conducting background checks but instead uses these databases only as a ‘secondary’ search tool. If there is a ‘hit’ with a criminal record or records, ESR then goes to the actual source, the county courthouse, to verify that the information is accurate, up-to-date, and complete.” 

The complimentary white paper ‘Background Check Mobile Phone Apps and Instant Background Check Web Sites: Fast and Easy, But Are They Accurate?’ is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Download/.

For more information on background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at http://www.ESRcheck.com.

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions.  ESR is one of a select few firms accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com.

Sources:
http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/j1mit/how_to_remove_yourself_from_all_background_check/.
http://www.geekosystem.com/get-off-background-check-sites/.