Data: How to remove your personal info online
If you’ve gotten totally frustrated and disgusted with finding your personal information online, then it might be time to do something about it. Just know you’re not alone. There are thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of people who are in the same boat. You innocently Google your name only to discover that you’re home address, past addresses, phone number, email address, spouses name, family names and even possibly your salary data is all online. This can be very unnerving and upsetting for many people.
Data privacy is a big, hot button issue, and it’s getting bigger every year. Large companies are tracking our information at an alarming rate, and they never can seem to get enough of what we are saying, doing, wearing, not wearing, buying, eating and even feeling. We’ve become a nation of data hoarders. Big companies gather our data like apples from a tree and then sell it to many third party businesses. Everything from what we ate for breakfast to how we felt when our favorite team lost the big game has become big business. While it might not make sense from our perspective, from the view of marketers and analysis, this data is valuable. It’s used to manipulate the public and influence their decisions. The most easily influenced is the older groups of people. Those labelled Baby Boomers were largely responsible for the huge gains we made in technology and other areas after the Vietnam War. But many Boomers felt left out of the tech revolution. People who were at the older edge of this group were not as computer savvy and felt left out. They felt their voices weren’t being heard by politicians. In 2017, the major candidates saw a huge opportunity to exploit both their feelings of isolation and they major amount of spare time they had on their hands. Thousands of Boomers took to the internet to spread fake news and propaganda in favor of the candidate they thought would most benefit their agenda and wants. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly what happened. The data was used to manipulate a large populace of people who were feeling abandoned. By gathering their info over years, it was clear that they were angry about a good many things, and politicians fed on that discontent and used it to gain the trust of those who felt disenfranchised. Politics has always been a “say what they want to hear game” but the data is making them even better at knowing exactly what “they” (we) want to hear. The data is getting more and more precise, and therefore, so is the “message.” Politicians are increasingly becoming actors on a stage rather than experts at world politics. They are the ultimate reality stars and data has made it all possible.
Most people want their personal data removed from the internet. It is upsetting to find out that your home address, phone number, salary info, relative names and other information can be easily found online by anyone with time on their hands and internet access. Any coffee shop, library, diner and book store has free internet access, and there are a lot of people with a lot of time on their hands to make trouble and pry into your personal life. Data removal experts can and do get rid of this information, almost making you invisible online. You can remove your data footprint by having an internet search expert remove your name from the internet and their data. The best companies in the industry also offer ongoing monitoring services so your data stays off the internet.
If you have questions about data removal, talk to the team at Wiperts.