Delete Me/Abine

I watched Techlores video on the PII deletion service in Massachusetts “Delete Me”. Sounded cool, so I was checking out their website.
Have you guys read this user agreement?!

Good lord. Why would anyone do this?
It’s like a mine-field clearing service that builds land mines.
Could Techlore please do another video on the alternative services?

By the looks of it they should change their slogan from ‘Your privacy is our business’ to ‘Your data is our business’ :laughing:

While people usually reccomend this, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Your handing info over like your internet connection to the VPN company a Youtuber told you about.
I’d rather use sherlock and search for accounts that way.

And use Just Delete me, as a guide on what to do to shut accounts down and how difficult it could be.

Hope this helps.

I think there’s a transfer of trust to use a service like this, but the idea is that you hand over information to this company privately so that they can remove the information from all of the public brokerage sites.

That being said, of course it’s no going to be as private as hunting down this information yourself. It’s possible, but for some folks it may be worth it to pay someone else to do the work for them instead of trying to do it alone.

One recommendation I remember hearing from Techlore, though I forget where, is to use a service like DeleteMe for one year while you’re also cleaning up your digital footprint. You let the service clean up all the history that’s out there about you and after the year there shouldn’t be as much coming up for you because of the clean up you did on your end.

I would be interested in learning about the manual methods to handle this just because it’s accessible and good to know how to do yourself if you need to.

I’m going to look into it and give it a shot. Maybe it’s not that difficult.

Holy cow. I was poking around looking at the other services that remove PII online and found this Do It Yourself website—
How to Remove Your Information From the Web
It was super easy. Barely an inconvenience.
They have 22 of the biggest data collectors out there (like Spokeo, Radaris, White Pages, Intellius, etc) and links to each opt-out page with clear simple instructions. I did Spokeo first, just to get the hang of it and then was able to do the next 21 sites in just under an hour!
I’m so psyched about this.
I think one link didn’t work, and 2 of the data companies had no information on me, but it was still pretty quick work.
Most of them said the data would be removed within 72 hours, a couple of them said 2 weeks, and one at least claimed to have responded immediately.

The format was the same for almost all of them.

  1. Click on the link to the company’s opt-out page.
  2. search for your data
  3. cut and paste the URL of the page containing your data into the ‘Delete Me’ box
  4. enter your email (I used Simple Login for each of these)
  5. Click on the confirmation in your email.
  6. DONE.
  7. Scroll down to the next company. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

I thought I’d be picking away at this for a couple weeks.
I hope Henry links to this site in the Go Incognito update. It’s not as comprehensive as some of the PII deletion companies claim to be, but it gives you a HUGE head start.

2 Likes

Wow, that’s great to hear! I’m bookmarking this thread to give this a shot later!

1 Like

Michael Bazzell has a data removal guide and explicitly lists the best “bang for your buck” sites to go for first. Those ones are usually the source for many others

https://inteltechniques.com/workbook.html

That’s very weird. I was just visiting Mr.Bazzell’s website for the first time not 5 minutes ago. :thinking:
Thanks for the tip.
Looks like the only ones I missed on his list are Acxiom, Infotracer, Lexis Nexis.
I’ll look into doing those individually.

UPDATE:

Holy fecal matter, Batman! That is an incredibly helpful resource. Thanks again.

I’ve taken the bait and I have attempted to clean that stuff up myself but this will be a good insight into what I have missed. If you don’t do this yourself whatever service you go with will have the information you want to keep private, and I would much rather it be contained privately within that one company instead of publicly on lookup pages. Most of the information they are sharing is likely Usage Marketing and Other but they keep this all under the “Personal Information” as that is how these documents are usually standardized. I hate how vague most policies and terms are but as most people don’t read them this will likely not change.