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What is PeopleLooker?
PeopleLooker is "a privacy-friendly public record search engine"; consumers can submit basic details as search criteria and obtain aggregated information reports about their target. Also called "people search websites", these access publicly available information within already-built databases. These websites stitch together pieces of data harvested from social media, public records, web beacons, and government agencies. All the gathered data is then overlaid, and a complex intelligence system extrudes a consumer report of purportedly associated details.
Since the data comes from many sources, inaccuracies and mismatched details must be expected. In most cases, the wrong information may appear as flawed contact details; other times, the false details may include criminal records or property liens. There are two ways to correct these inaccuracies, make an account and correct the details yourself, or follow the guide below to opt out of appearing in PeopleLooker public searches.
Stipulations for Your PeopleLooker Opt-Out
There are two types of people search websites: big data brokers, who have an abnormally large number of access permits, and those who are smaller, who operate with fewer database access points. These smaller sites moonlight as people search engines, focusing on redirection portals connected to Sponsors and affiliates. PeopleLooker is a people search engine acting as a redirection point for itself and larger websites. These larger websites often provide compliance services for their more minor affiliates. Subsequently, PeopleLooker's privacy compliance is overseen by a larger corporation: BeenVerified. There are no personal requirements to request an opt out from PeopleLooker; more importantly, there are no requirements to opt out with BeenVerified.
Formalities to Remove Information from PeopleLooker
Step-by-Step Tutorials to Opt-Out of PeopleLooker
Live Customer Support Reps are Available Daily
Although BeenVerified oversees the PeopleLooker opt out process, they do not provide the same customer service representatives. The number for PeopleLooker's representatives can be found on their Contact Us page: 1-(800)-592-7153. The caller must navigate an automated menu to reach a customer service member.
The live representatives are active every day of the week, from 6:00 am to 11:30 pm EST. Calling outside of these hours results in a rolled phone message. Upon calling, the automated assistant will ask if the "following phone number is correct". The number read to the consumer should be the same number used to call the hotline. To confirm the number, press 1; after this, the assistant will recite options for "location time". Press the button most closely associated with your residential time. Finally, the assistant will offer to "cancel" or wait for a live representative. We suggest waiting to reach a rep.
Email the PeopleLooker or BeenVerified Privacy Team
Consumers looking to avoid disclosing contact information with PeopleLooker (and BeenVerified) should consider emailing their requests. The six emails below have the same destinations, but the service team may handle the requests differently depending on which is used. For example, emailing support may delay longer than emailing privacy directly. For the same reason, emailing the CCPA (for Californians) is generally the quickest option. The text below offers an email request template; use it to influence your inquiry or copy and paste the sections into their respective places in an email creator. If copied and pasted, exchange the highlight areas for actual information. The more details you share, the more likely the request passes identity authorization.
Send Emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Remove My Name from PeopleLooker, Opt-Out Request
My name is [Full name]. I request that my information and data associated with me be removed from PeopleLooker and BeenVerified's public searches. I understand that my information may still appear on other search websites, and I must opt out individually with each of them. Please confirm my opt out request and notify me of its completion, otherwise, contact me for additional verification.
- Full Name: [First and last names, aliases, and common misspellings]
- Age: [Provide the number, but don't list the exact date]
- Addresses: [Historical resident addresses are the most common]
- Phone Numbers: [Some numbers may be incorrectly associated with a consumer, only list the numbers knowingly associated with your details]
- Email Addresses: [Use alternative addresses whenever possible for better cybersecurity]
Write a Letter to the PeopleLooker Offices
Consumers wanting a physical paper trail can mail the PeopleLooker offices in Atlanta. When drafting the business letter, use the email template above for formatting and authorization content. Sometimes, PeopleLooker may only accept a privacy request based on sufficient identification details. If this occurs, they may request a photo ID as part of the verification process. Inquiring about a photo ID for verification is legal; when the picture or scan of the ID is sent, ensure the extraneous details are adequately censored. Only the full name and address are typically necessary. Address data privacy requests to:
PO Box 105168
Atlanta, GA 30348-5168
Opt-Out with BeenVerified's Omni-Suppression Form
As mentioned above, BeenVerified offers multiple forms for opt out solutions. This passage explains the process necessary for the Omni-Form; unlike the other (search-specific) forms, the omni-form requires detailed-based information. For the consumer, this means entering particular data to block that information from public searches. The details submitted in the omni-form impact BeenVerified's people and property searches simultaneously. To start, open the BeenVerified Privacy Request Form in a new tab.
When the form loads, ensure the Request Type reads "Do Not Sell My Information". Do not request to delete the information, deleting does not stop other records from generating similar data. Instead, we want to suppress similar data and information by requesting a "do not sell" status. This status is only live for a year.
Enter your first and last names into the respective spaces. Then enter an accessible (preferably alternative) email address into the relative area. Submit your age and residential property information to finish. Click the green "Continue" button when done.
From the results page, locate the record most closely resembling the submitted information. Not all the details may match, but these inaccuracies don't matter for opting out. When the correct report is found, click the green "Proceed to Opt Out" button on the right.
The next page is different from others hitherto. The instruction across the top reads, "Please enter any additional information you would like opted out". The user can enter additional information for suppression, regardless of if the details are "in" the record being opted out already.
Drop the selection bars for the respective topic by clicking on them, and submit the inquired information. Start by adding a phone number, street address, city, state, and zip code.
Scroll down the page, and drop the sections for emails and social media accounts. Once filled out accordingly, select the "This is me" check box and solve the CAPTCHA puzzle. When ready to continue, click the green "Remove My Info" button in the bottom right. This will prompt the system to send an email to the submitted address automatically.
Direct your attention to the Inbox of the submitted email. Access the email from firstname.lastname@example.org, and locate the green button at the bottom of the message. Click the green "Verify Opt-Out" button to finish.
Once clicked, the link will open a confirmation page displaying all the data impacted by the request. Notably, if the user wanted to return to add new information to the suppression list, they would be unable to add more details until the current suppression status ended (12 months later).
Confirm the Request and Return Later