Sunday, December 4, 2011

How can a person remove personal information from the Internet?

A Concerned Reader Wants to Know...

First, the bad news. As soon as any kind of information, including personal information, is online, anyone can copy and store or post it elsewhere. What's worse, there are tools that are constantly searching the Internet for specific types of data.

Once they find it, they can grab it, copy it, post it and store it - for any number of purposes.

4 steps you can take if something gets online that you don't want:
  1. Delete what you can yourself as soon as possible.
  2. Contact the website(s) where it is located and ask them to remove it.
  3. Enlist the help of a lawyer or online data removal service (e.g. Reputation Defender, Reputation Changer) to remove what you can't, or what the website won't.
  4. Remain diligent and check often (for instance, by setting a Google Alert) to ensure you catch any reposting of the information.

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