Personal information on True People Search easily removed

There's a free website called True People Search that allows users to search for people using just a first and last name.

Nicole Miller had never heard of the site, but it knew all about her.

"My age, where I live, my address," Miller said. "Oh my God."

Think of it as one-stop shopping for personal information.

Anyone can find almost about you everything on this website, from your cellphone number to where you live -- even where your relatives live. It's all perfectly legal, but there is a way to get your information off the site.

The information on the site is mostly public record. Often it is what we have shared with social media sites or other businesses.

The website says the goal is to make finding lost friends and family as easy as possible, but some people said aggregating all this public information in one place makes it a little too public.

Gina Castellanos Pelaez found more than she wanted to about herself on the website.

"My maiden name and then my married name and then my ex-married name, so maybe a little more information than I would like to admit," she said.  

She also found her daughter's information.

She said in this digital age she's not surprised by how much information is out there, but she does want to know who's looking at these sites and why.

"Why? Why would anybody want this information? What can be done with it?" Castellanos Pelaez said. "I would definitely like a way of eliminating my information from a site like this." 

You can remove your information from the website.

Just click on the privacy tab at the bottom of the screen. From there, hit record removal requests and follow the instructions.

This isn't the only site sharing personal information. The website Family Tree now shares the same details.

"Keep(ing) track of how much of your information is out there is a job that I don't think any one person cares to take on," Castellanos Pelaez said.

The good news is once you remove your information from the website, the process typically takes just a few hours.

One way to protect your information is to opt out whenever possible of allowing businesses and banks to share your information with third parties.

Local 10 News reached out online to the website to ask about privacy concerns. So far we have not heard back.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from News | WPLG, and written by News | WPLG. Read the original article here.

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