A quick Google search of your name can bring up many things, but little did I expect for my last 7 known addresses, 2 phone numbers, spouses name, parents names and in-laws names to populate on the Whitepages profile for me. I immediately felt violated and wanted to revoke Whitepage’s consent to my information.
I navigated to their opt-out page and followed the instructions below:
- Navigate to the whitepages listing containing your personal information
- Copy that link and paste it in the box provided in “Step 1 of 5” on the opt-out page
- Verify that the profile populated in “Step 2 of 5” is actually you and click “Remove Me”
- In “Step 3 of 5”, select the reason why you want your information removed
- In “Step 4 of 5”, type in your phone number so a robot from Whitepages can contact you for verification purposes.
- In “Step 5 of 5”, a verification code will populate that you will type in on the incoming phone call.
- Once your information is verified, your profile should be deleted within 24 hours.
I didn’t realize that my information was so easily accessible to the general public on the world wide web. I always hope and wish for companies to respect my data and privacy as much as I do, but I’m realizing that’s not always the case.
Here at Rownd, we believe all customers should have direct access to their data. Revokable consent is the right for a user to revoke access to a piece of personal information at any time. Counter-intuitively, the easier it is for an individual to revoke access to their information, the more likely they are to share it.
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