Private Data is Big Business
If you wonder why data brokers and big corporations take our personal information it’s because private data is a very big business. There is a huge amount of money to be made selling and analyzing our personal information and various other data like our habits and preferences. Companies like Amazon, Facebook / Instagram, Twitter, Google, Snapchat, WeChat and many others use our information to get a better understanding of how set groups of people behave. Data brokers, like Lexis Nexis, are of the opinion that if you post it, like it, comment on it, coupon it, sell it buy it or otherwise put your personal information out there on the internet, then that information is fair game and theirs for the taking, or buying. Most other companies feel this way also. The general consensus is if you are too naive to not know that nothing is free, then you shouldn’t complain about what you thought was private not being private. In other words, if you thought Facebook was really free, it’s not. The games you play on Facebook, the images you post, the comments you make, your behavior, your DMs and all other data are for sale from Facebook to various interested parties.
If you’re one of the people who doesn’t care if your data is kept or sold, but at some point, this will become a very big issue. When the rent you pay, the interest rates you get and the loans you are able to secure are all based on skewed information based on data analytics from data mining and harvesting on social media, you may have a different view. Most people are not comfortable knowing that every bit of social media fodder they produce from where they went on vacation to what they ate for lunch. These are things that are fun and maybe even interesting to share with our friends and acquaintances, but when we realize that data brokers and companies are taking all of this information and using it to make a profit, that becomes a different story. It’s an odd feeling to know that big business finds your personal information so fascinating and scrutinizes it with such detailed attention. If you do a google search of yourself and your family, you will find that there is a lot of data about you already on the internet, maybe even your home address and phone numbers.
Once you find information about you or your family online, you’re probably wondering how to remove any personal data from these websites. In many cases, it’s very difficult and sometimes nearly impossible to get these companies to remove any of your data. They will tell you that it’s public information and that as such they are allowed to use it. However, this is not entirely true. If your phone number, home address and is unlisted, in other words, you didn’t specifically make it publicly available, then a good data removal company will be able to help. Even if you did not set your accounts to private in the past, a good company like will be able to make beneficial changes.
A result of all this data gathering is that our personal information ends up online. Various websites purchase data from data brokers and use it to create background check or people finder sites. If you find your name and address are online, contact an internet removal service who can show you how to remove your information from the internet. They can also delete information and remove your address from the internet.