Data brokers collect information on people, often unbeknownst to them. But in addition to collecting data, they might also share or sell the data they have been able to access and store. As a consumer, it is important to be aware of who data brokers are, what they do, and what type of data they might already have on you. Then, once you know that data brokers are collecting, holding onto, and sharing information about you, you can take steps to control how data about you is collected in the first place. So, continue reading to access some helpful information that you can use to become more knowledgeable.
Your Data on People Search Websites
One of the most obvious ways that data collectors display the information they have on you is people search websites. There are a lot of these types of websites out there these days, and anyone can use them to quickly and easily access contact details, as well as other personal information, on just about anyone.
To get an idea of how these websites work, go to Nuwber and type in your name, address, or phone number to see what information appears. Another example that a lot of people are already familiar with is Whitepages. When you use these databases to look up information on a person, you can find their address, phone number, age, family members, and more. You might even be able to use these resources to affordably run a background check that displays details like criminal records.
The good news is you can opt out of having your information displayed on people search websites. So, as mentioned above, by knowing that your data is on these sites, you can then take appropriate action to have your information removed.
Data Brokers Might Have Personal Information About Who You Are
By tracking what websites you visit, what stores you shop at and products you purchase, what accounts you have with various vendors, and more, data brokers can collect quite a bit of information about you. Beyond that, however, they can also access public records to gather some personal details about you, such as your gender, birth date, age, place of birth, and more.
Data brokers might also be able to gather details like your religious beliefs, where you work and where you went to school, the level of education you have acquired, how long you have been working, whether you’re married or divorced, if you have any kids, if you have any health concerns, and more.
Data That Reveals Quite a Bit About You
Once you see how much information data brokers can get on you, it isn’t surprising to also discover that they can use that information to determine what you are like as a consumer, and to potentially be able to predict how you will behave based on your preferences. If you use social media and come across sponsored ads, you might notice that they have been chosen based on the pages you interact with and the websites you visit or the stores you purchase from.
Ultimately, even though you might not be able to stop all data collection, you can take steps to keep your personal information as secure as possible. And you might also be able to request that your data not be revealed to third parties.