While I know this blog is primarily about the “dark web,” I think it’s easy to forget that the purpose of the dark web is privacy and anonymity (not sick stuff).
As I’d mentioned in my earlier post Is Your Password on the Dark Web? Maybe., it’s easy to unknowingly have your data stolen and, in some cases, passed around the dark web.
By the same token, there’s a good chance that advertisers have also mined and sold your personal data – be that your name, address, phone number, or something else. This article from Lifehacker, though it came out in 2013, has a list of some of the major companies that may have sold your data: The Top 50 Companies That Mine And Sell Your Data (and How to Opt Out).
If you want to skip that, the actual list is here: Master List of Data Broker Opt-Out Links. Click on any one of the links on this list to opt out of having your data sold.
Of course, this is only one site, but it does seem to be very comprehensive, and covers a lot of the data broker sites. If you have time, I suggest going through each one and having your name removed, if necessary.
These are also good sites to take a look at, for the same reason:
Granted, if this sort of thing doesn’t matter to you, then don’t worry about it. The reason I mention it at all is that if you don’t want unscrupulous people to get hold of your personal information, it’s best to remove it, if at all possible.
I say this knowing that today is the social media age, where people constantly post selfies and videos of themselves doing who-knows-what, including pictures of themselves having sex. Which I would never do…really!
Anyhow, if this is something that concerns you, check these sites out. It may be creepy what you find.