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What is ClustrMaps?
ClustrMaps is a public records "encyclopedia"; interested parties need only a name or address to generate a corresponding aggregate report using their search tools. When searches are done on people search websites, like ClustrMaps, the resulting record comes from a combination of data. Multiple sources like companies or agencies and public-access platforms like social media or online accounts allow continuous data collection.
Traditional people search websites cannot guarantee accurate records. They cannot provide this because the public may make mistakes when filing public forms or making personal accounts. ClustrMaps avoids any promise of accuracy regarding the data associated with a specific record; they don't even guarantee the timelines presented in their reports. This means consumer reports from ClustrMaps may be inaccurate or completely wrong. Consumers can create an account and request the data be corrected, but most find a better way, opting out of ClustrMaps.
When opting out of ClustrMaps, the report associated with the request is suppressed from internal searches. The record may appear in external searches like Google for up to two weeks following a successful opt out. To remove information from ClustrMaps public searches, each record must receive an individual opt out request. The guide below explains how to make opt out requests to ClustrMaps, alongside detailed descriptions, screenshots, and resource links.
Requirements for A ClustrMaps Opt-Out
There are no personal requirements to opt out of ClustrMaps' public searches; every option listed below should take no more than ten minutes, all are free, and involve no account creation. All procedures below require an applicable URL and accessible email address. The following methods will only work if the correct profile URL is submitted, ClustrMaps will not finish the process otherwise. Additionally, although ClustrMaps requires an email for contacting and verification purposes, the address can be from an alternative account.
Alternative email accounts are a necessity for interacting with any people search website. Alternatives preserve personal cybersecurity, limit directed adverts, and protect a user's real contact information from data scavengers. Registering an alternative email address takes only a few minutes; it better protects you from falling victim to scams, account break-ins, data breaches, and direct cyber attacks.
What are My Opt-Out Options?
How to Opt-Out of ClustrMaps: A Step-by-Step Guide
How to Obtain the Profile URL Necessary for Opting-Out
After opening the main landing page, ensure the search criterion is set to "People". Enter the person's name associated with the record needing to be suppressed. Records not directly associated with the person requesting the opt out may be successfully suppressed; however, the process requires additional verifications of identity where applicable. We entered a name for this guide and clicked the blue "Find" button.
The resulting page displays records with possible associations with the searched name. If ClustrMaps has a record for a specific consumer, it should be shown here. Common names may return hundreds of results. In those cases, the search may need to be performed using the more advanced search options, starting with the state search on the right.
Locate the record you want to be suppressed on the results page. Once found, right-click the respective "View Details" button to the right. Select the "copy" option from the cursor menu, this URL can be "pasted" into other places. The proper URL will have similar formatting to: clustrmaps.com/person/LastName-IDNumbers. If the copied link does not have this format, close the browser completely and restart the process.
Email Your Request to the ClustrMaps Privacy Team
Consumers wanting to avoid the ClustrMaps website should email their request. Opting out a record on behalf of another person requires a photo ID to be attached to this email. All privacy inquiries need an applicable profile URL, as stated above. Use the steps to collect the necessary URL(s) and paste them into the email. The template below can be copied/pasted into an email creator; from there, exchange the highlighted bits for actual information.
Send to Email: email@example.com
Subject: ClustrMaps Opt-Out Request
My name is [Full name]; please remove my name from ClustrMaps' public searches. I want to opt out of the selling and sharing of data associated with my details. Please stop sharing my information with applicable affiliates and subsidiaries of ClustrMaps. I understand that opting out of ClustrMaps' "services" does not opt me out of the services provided by other companies. I understand ClustrMaps may keep my (suppressed) information where applicable and per local and federal laws. Contact me if you encounter a problem complying with this request, otherwise, please send me a successful confirmation.
- Full Name: [Include alternative spellings and known aliases]
- Addresses: [Include historical residential and business locations]
- Phone Numbers: [All registered and historical numbers]
- Email Addresses: [All email accounts you want to be suppressed]
- Profile URL: [Copy and paste one or multiple accounts into this area]
Complete the Opt-Out Form Process Online
Most consumers will find that using their online form is the easiest way to opt out of ClustrMaps. Some consumers, who emailed their request originally, may be effectively ignored and redirected to use this procedure. Whatever the circumstances, the most difficult steps are at the beginning, where the user must locate their profile URL. Follow steps one and two from the outline above, then return here for further instructions.
After obtaining an applicable profile URL, open the ClustrMaps Opt Out Form in a new tab. Enter your full name and a (preferably alternative) email address into the spaces provided. Right-click the space given for the URL to paste the address into the area. Enter a residential address for verification purposes, include the requested information: house number, street, city, state, and zip code. (The internal system may return an error if the address is submitted wrong.) When finished, click the blue "Next Step" button at the bottom of the page.
The web page will automatically refresh when done, showing one or more lists. Each list displays pieces of assumed information connected to the record. Users must check each item within the lists. Otherwise, the suppressed record may reappear in association with those other elements. For example, if a phone number remains, and a search uses it, the record may appear, though ClustrMaps will hide aspects of it.
Check each applicable box on the left side. The boxes turn blue, and the details cross out upon selection. Select them all, then click the blue "Apply" box.
Two results are possible at this point; on the one hand, if the user enters the needed details correctly, they will likely get a "Success!" page (below). However, if the process takes too long or submits inaccurate details, the user will receive a 404-error page. Getting an error page should be taken as a redirection to the beginning of this process. Close the browser completely, then reopen it. Obtain the profile URL from the beginning, then finish the above steps. Take special care in properly formatting the address sections of the data entries; the system prefers acronyms over full words.
Return to Run a Verification Search
After the request is accepted, it can take up to two weeks before the record disappears from all searches. Return after the request confirms to run a verification search using ClustrMaps' search. If successful, no record will appear with the previously associated data. ClustrMaps can avoid or reject a privacy request unless you live in California. Residents of Cali are entitled to specific data privacy rights, which private entities must honor.