This post was last updated on July 28th, 2020 at 09:21 pm
Get Started: If you want to opt out or remove yourself from FastPeopleSearch.com quickly, our Private Info Protection tool will do this for you automatically (and remove you from 25+ other data brokers as well). Visit this page to try it out.
Completing the FastPeopleSearch.com opt out and removal procedure is something we highly encourage you to do.
As one of the most popular people search websites around, FastPeopleSearch shares a boatload of personal information on a daily basis.
Here’s an example of what things they share on the site:
- Current and past addresses
- Email addresses
- Family information
- Phone numbers (of you and your family)
Not only is the kind of information they share on the site a problem, but the way they share it is too. FastPeopleSearch.com gives away most of this information for free.
The Manual Fast People Search Opt Out (Step-by-Step)
If you would rather handle the FastPeopleSearch opt out steps on your own you should know a few things first:
- It’s going to take longer
- If you want to manually remove yourself from all the other sites that have your info as well, your twenty minute task just turned into a few hours
- Keeping tabs on the status of your removal request will require you to look yourself up a lot, and you’ll need to be organized about what sites you check and when
If that’s no biggie, here’s the manual FastPeopleSearch opt out process:
Step 1: Go to this page to initiate the opt out process.
Click the terms of service, solve the reCAPTCHA and click “Begin Removal Process”
Step 2: Conduct a search using your name, city and state.
There are often many listings that look very similar. Take some time to distinguish between each of them.
Step 3: Click on your record.
If multiple records exist for your name, click on the record that most closely matches your info – e.g. middle initial, previous city.
Step 4: Click on “Remove My Record”
You can find this button at the top of the page in red.
Step 5: Check your email for an email verification from Fast People Search
Step 6: Click the link in the email to submit the removal request.
It’s crucial that you click this link or the request will not be submitted. It will take Fast People Search about 72 hours to process the request and remove the info from their website.
The Automatic FastPeopleSearch Opt Out Process (Faster)
The easiest and fastest way to opt out from FastPeopleSearch is by using our privacy protection tool.
It will remove your info from their site with the click of a button, and it’ll do the same for 25+ other sites as well.
Here are the major benefits of this method:
- You’ll save a ton of time by not having to go through the manual opt out process for all these sites (it will take hours to do them all yourself)
- You don’t need to worry about navigating any tricky removal steps yourself. Some are intentionally difficult to navigate
- Monitoring the status of your opt out requests can be done right from the dashboard, instead of having to look yourself up every week or two
If this method sounds like your cup of tea, here’s all you’ll have to do:
Step 1: Go to your BrandYourself account
We’ve made the choice to add this new feature to all existing BrandYourself accounts. This means if you want to automatically complete the FastPeopleSearch opt out process you’ll need to log in to your account.
If you don’t have an account yet you can make one here.
Step 2: Navigate to the brand new “private info” section in your dashboard
We’ve created a new section within the product to serve as the home of our automatic removal tool. You can locate it by looking on the left hand side of your screen.
Click it to move on to step 3 (this is where things get exciting).
Step 3: Begin the automatic FastPeopleSearch opt out process
Once you’re here all you need to do is click the blue button to start the process. Our software will take the lead!
Keep in mind that a FastPeopleSearch opt out request will take a few weeks for them to honor. This is simply due to the fact that they receive a lot each day, so there is a delay even though the request has been sent. This is completely normal and it doesn’t mean they are ignoring your request.
If you want to check on the status you can always visit the dashboard to see where things stand.
Here’s What To Do Next
If you’ve done the automatic FastPeopleSearch opt out and removal process, you’re all set.
However if you went with the manual way the work isn’t over. There are likely dozens of other sites that are sharing your information in the same way FastPeopleSearch did.
You’ll need to opt out of those as well.
To find these sites we suggest conducting a Google search for your name to find the most important ones first. The main offenders like Whitepages will likely show up in your search results if they have your info.
Make a list of all the sites you can find and start removing yourself from them one by one. It might be tedious, but it’s the best way to keep your info safe.
Remember, they have to honor your request. Chip away at it your list whenever you have time, and you’ll be well on your way to being more secure and protected online.
Is Fast People Search Illegal?
Due to the nature of sites like FastPeopleSearch many wonder if it’s legal to operate this way.
The reality is, all data broker sites like this are operating well within the law. This might seem unfair and quite frustrating, but let’s explore why.
Sites like FastPeopleSearch.com aren’t breaking into your office drawer and adding your info to their database. They are finding everything they share on public records.
Whether you realize it or not, there are public records available on all of us. If you go down to your local records office you can request to see them on pretty much anyone.
This has been the way things operated for years and years (way before the internet). The big difference was that back in the day the amount of information you could conveniently access was limited.
Not only that, but private info wasn’t as valuable as it is now. Now it’s a billion dollar industry. Back then it wasn’t an industry at all.
So as far as the law is concerned, FastPeopleSearch can access these public records and share them on their site. It’s information that was technically available to the public before they got their hands on it.
This means you have to go through the FastPeopleSearch opt out steps if you want to stop them from sharing your information.
However, some states are beginning to recognize the need for additional regulation around how a company is leveraging a consumer’s personal data. And that brings us to CCPA:
FastPeopleSearch & the California Consumer Privacy Act
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect January of this year and is one of the first state laws to directly address data brokers. While it only serves California residents, companies operating with the state that meet the law’s requirements are mandated to adhere to it.
So what does it do? The law basically gives California residents greater visibility into how their information is being used by data brokers and how that information has been obtained. It also further empowers residents to request to have the information removed databases and prevent it from being sold in the future.
How It Spreads From FastPeopleSearch To Other Websites
The real issue about this whole situation is how quickly your data can spread from one site to another.
It would be frustrating but manageable if FastPeopleSearch got hold of your information, and that was the end of it. That way you could complete the removal steps and move on.
But it’s not that simple.
You see, there are dozens of massively popular sites just like FastPeopleSearch who all share the data of individuals just like you. The amount of information that can be found on their site is their highest priority.
So what do they do when a competing site has info they don’t? They scrape their competitor and add the new information to their site as well.
This means if FastPeopleSearch has your info, it’s going to be on dozens of other sites in a matter of weeks. That’s why it is so important that you’re actively monitoring these sites to get a sense of who has your information so you can take the necessary steps to opt out