Spokeo is a social network aggregator web site that aggregates data from many online (publicly accessible) and offline sources (phone directories, government censuses, and real estate listings.) Spokeo looks for personal activity on social media sites like Amazon and Facebook and integrates the data found with phone books, real estate listings and government data.
Though not always entirely accurate, sometimes a service such as Spokeo can be highly invasive. A search for my name brought up nine prior addresses and even showed a picture of the house I once lived in (you can view this by clicking on the property tab.)
It is easy to remove your information from Spokeo using Cocoon mailslots
- Navigate to Spokeo Search and search for your name. (If you have lived in more than one geographical location do not include the city, state in the initial search box.)
- After Spokeo returns the search results, click on the city, state where your name is listed and copy the URL from the browser address bar
- Return to the Spokeo Privacy page and paste the URL that you copied into the Spokeo URL box, drop down to the email field and right-click to select Mailslots and Create new Mailslot
- Enter the CAPTCHA code and click “Remove Listing”
Check your Mailslots and follow the instructions to complete the removal process. The removal process is generally instantaneous.
Spokeo limits the number of privacy requests per email address. To resolve this restriction right-click from the email field and select create a new mailslot.
More information on Cocoon Mailslots:
Mailslots Basics [Video]
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