Keep your personal information private with DeleteMe

DeleteMe claims to have removed 20 Million personal listings from data broker databases

DeleteMe is a service that allows internet users to clean up their digital footprint by helping them to delete their information with leading data brokers. As a result of deleting personal information from leading data collection services like Spokeo, BeenVerified, and Intelius, users can reduce the amount of personal information that appears in Google search results. deleteme abine

DeleteMe is owned by Abine, Inc. a tech firm based in Boston, USA. In addition to its premium DeleteMe service, Abine provides a well-known password manager Blur. Both services are focused on providing internet users with privacy. However, Blur can be used for free and concentrates on secure password management and adblocking/tracker blocking.

DeleteMe was first launched back in 2010. For customers who pay for DeleteMe, the service provides peace of mind by ensuring that sensitive personal information is not sitting around on servers waiting to be hacked.

Even without hacking to worry about, data aggregators can be a huge pain. Data brokers make a profit by selling your details onto third parties. This means that while they have your data in their database, your information could be disseminated without your knowledge or consent.

What’s more, as a result of your data appearing in data aggregating websites – it is probable that some of your personal information may appear in search results online. This can have a negative effect on your privacy, and your personal security can be endangered by providing hackers with some information necessary to perform social engineering attacks (phishing). Under the worst circumstances, your data could even be used to perform fraud or identity theft.

What kind of data do they remove? deleteme abine

Anybody who decides to subscribe to DeleteMe can expect information about themselves to be removed from leading data brokers. This includes the removal of their name, address, age, phone number, email address, photos – and even photos of their home – from databases.

Below is a screenshot of what you can find out about the average person if you search for them online. This is the kind of entry that DeleteMe is designed to get rid of.

Information about Donald J Trump from bY DELETEME ABINE

Thus, as a result of using DeleteMe, subscribers’ data will not appear in online search results. That is, unless the search results are serving up information that is contained on legitimate website services where that information was provided by the user directly – or when personal information appears on news websites for some reason. For removal requests of this nature, removing search engine results will involve invoking the right to be forgotten (not currently available in the USA – but is available in the EU). DELETEME ABINE

Thus, it is worth noting that DeleteMe is not a magic wand that magically makes you disappear from Google search results. But, rather, is a service that is designed to remove your data from data brokers – which has the secondary effect of making some of your personal data disappear online – in places where the internet user never agreed for that data to be shared.

For subscribers who decide to invest in a DeleteMe subscription, the kinds of services they can expect to have their data removed from are as follows (DeleteMe currently removes users from approximately 38 services in total): deleteme abine

What It’s Used For
Been Verified
Background Checks
Public Records
People Search Engine
People Search Engine
Enterprise and Identity Verification
Public Records & Phone Numbers
Public Records
Public Records
Whitpages Pro
Public Records
Advanced People Search
People Search Engine
Easy Background Checks
Background checks
Yellow Pages
Business & Individual listings
People Search Engine & Reverse Phone Number Lookup
People Lookup
People Search Engine
US Search
Background Checks, Reverse Phone lookup & Property Records
People Search Engine & Reverse number lookup
People Search Engine
Email Finder
Email Lookup
Private Eye
People Search Engine
Public Records & Background Check
Public Record Now
Background Check Phone LookUp
The Public
Public Records
Publick Records & Phone Numbers
Free Phone Tracer
Reverse Phone Lookup
Public Records
USA People Search
People Search Engine & Reverse Phone Number Lookup

As you can see, the data brokers mentioned are primarily US-based. This is because DeleteMe is a US-based service, and you are paying for your data to be removed from Western data aggregation services.

As a result, any data about you that is held by data brokers overseas may not necessarily be successfully removed by this service. This is a slight limitation of DeleteMe’s service, which may mean it appeals to US residents more.

On the other hand, it is our understanding that whoever handles your DeleteMe campaign will engage in research to attempt to find your data online, and if a DeleteMe agent is able to find your data on any service where it can be removed – all effort to remove it will be made. It is also worth noting that US websites often hold data about foreign residents, so DeleteMe is still useful even if you are not a US resident.


Using Abine DeleteMe is extremely easy. Once a user has subscribed they must start by providing all the data about themselves that they want to have removed from aggregator databases. The firm asks users for details such as their name, address, date of birth, phone numbers, and any aliases they have, or names they have previously been known by (maiden name, common misspellings,etc.)

User details

Users can add as many addresses, names, emails and phone numbers relating to themselves as they like, and if they forget any details they can start another campaign once the first is done. Following that, users must upload, email, or fax DeleteMe a picture of their driver’s license, passport – or another state-issued ID – in order to verify that they are who they say they are. DeleteMe needs this redacted version of your ID (you can hide the photo and ID number) in order to remove you from some services.

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Handing your sensitive personal data to DeleteMe may seem somewhat counterproductive to the final aim of gaining privacy. However, this is the only way that the firm can delete your data it so it seems reasonable to provide DeleteMe with PI if you actually want the service to function.

Once the service has your details, it can begin the process of asking data brokers to remove your data from its database. This is achieved by sending an ‘opt-out’ request asking for your data to be removed from those services. Admittedly, this is something you could do yourself. So you are paying for convenience, as opposed to a service you can only get with DeleteMe.

The process

Passing your data to DeleteMe starts your first campaign. Subscribers can delete as much data about themselves as they like, and they can add data extra data sets as they go along. This ensures that any previous addresses, or multiple addresses (if they own more than one house for instance) are successfully removed from data broker databases.

Privacy protection in progress DELETEME ABINE

One thing worth bearing in mind is that you do have to wait for DeleteMe to send you a report for an ongoing request before you are able to add extra data to your campaign. The firm told us:

“If you forget to add any information (aliases, past addresses, etc) to your DeleteMe data sheet, you can add those at any time to your data sheet by logging into your account. If you’ve already received your first DeleteMe report (with some information missing), you can request an “ad-hoc” report from our support team to include the new information in the reporting process. Your new information will then be included in all future reports.”

Thus, you cannot update your campaign on day one but instead must wait for the firm to deal with the original request first. For this reason, it is worth ensuring you get it right first time and provide all your addresses, aliases, and other data you want deleting before hitting enter.

Once your data has been successfully removed, the firm will check every three months to see whether data brokers have once again gathered data about you. If they have, the process will be repeated to ensure that your data is again deleted from those databases.

All subscribers get a detailed status report after each removal session, which clearly explains exactly what data has been removed and from what services. Thus, while DeleteMe claims to do the service for a year, what it is actually doing is deleting your data four times. Once when you join, and then after three months, six months, and after nine months have elapsed. Following that, a year will have passed and it will be time for a new subscription to be paid.

It is also worth noting that subscribers can add as many people to their account as they like. While each new individual must be paid for one at a time at a cost of

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Privacy and Security

Being based in the US is not considered a good location for a privacy service to be based. The US is home to warrants and gag orders, which allow the government to force firms not only to retain and provide everyone’s data to government intelligence agencies – but also to do so in absolute secrecy.

US laws mean that it is potentially possible that DeleteMe has already been served a warrant that forces it to retain all the data you provide it with. If this were the case (and there is no way to know) your data could be in the process of being forwarded to the US government by DeleteMe.

With this privacy concern out of the way, we can turn to its privacy policy to see what guarantees the firm provides for your data. The privacy policy promises not to sell customer data, and states that data will only be used by DeleteMe and its third party contractors for the purposes of providing the service. From the policy:

“Many companies profit off their users by selling their info, but we’ll never do that. We only use the data we collect about the way people use our products and our website to build better products. We’ll never share any personal data about your online activity or use it to target you individually. If you choose to sign up for our newsletters or receive emailed updates of our privacy blog, we’ll occasionally send you emails with coupons, announcements, and Abine news.”

The policy also states that:

“Some of our other services (like DeleteMe) may also require some data sharing to provide the service, such as requesting that third party websites (data brokers and information aggregators) remove or suppress your personal information from their websites. To fulfil your opt-out requests, we may have to identify listings held data brokers, which necessarily requires sharing portions of your data with them.”

This part of the privacy policy explains that the firm will need to share your data with data broker firms in order to have them delete it. One slight concern is that DeleteMe states that data brokers may “remove or suppress” that data. What seems problematic is that DeleteMe could potentially pass some data to data brokers and information aggregators that they do not currently have.

The privacy policy also appears to imply that some data brokers may “suppress” rather than delete your data. This means that, after a certain period of time, data brokers may start processing your data again (and potentially have some extra snippets of data about you gained from DeleteMe). This is a limitation of the service, because while DeleteMe can do everything in its power to ask data brokers to delete your data, it can’t actually guarantee that those data brokers will completely delete all your data. It is possible that data brokers may elect to put your information on ice.

Thus, whether you decide to use DeleteMe revolves around a few important considerations: Whether you can afford it. Whether you trust the US government (and you can abide by the possibility that your data may be intercepted by US authorities). And, whether you trust data broker firms to permanently delete your data rather than to just “suppress” it for a certain period of time.

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