Spokeo – No, No, No!

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about this website or not, but I think it’s horrible. Spokeo gives detailed information about you – credit score, address, house value, age, income level, etc. I did a search for my name, and I ended up finding 2 different addresses – both were previous addresses I’ve lived in. Then, I did a search for my maiden name, and guess what? Yep. It was there too. Most of the information was correct, but MAN. Is it scary.

Please head over to Spokeo and see if you are listed. To remove a listing, you’ll need the link to your profile. (Simply click on your name in the left column, and copy the link address in your web address bar. You can request to remove a listing here: http://www.spokeo.com/privacy Then, just follow the steps. You’ll need to insert your email address so that you can verify that you want it removed. I just used an old email address that I never check any more so that if they decide to spam me, I won’t get it anyway.

I also want you to know that they will limit how many listings you can remove per email address AND per day. I’m on there 3 times, and it removed 2 listings under 1 email address, and then it let me remove the third under a separate email address. My husband is on there 4 times, and when I went to remove him, it said “In order to prevent abuse, we must limit the frequency of privacy requests. Please try again tomorrow.” So much for this sentence on their privacy page: “Spokeo cares about data privacy.” Baloney. If you cared about my privacy, Spokeo, you’d ask me before you made it public to the whole world.

I’m all about staying safe, and I want my readers to be protected as well. I hope your information isn’t on the site, but if it is, I hope my instructions on removing it were easy to follow.

Stay safe out there!