Originally posted on Mashable by Jack Morse

Google yourself. Go ahead, we’ll wait. Include some easily discoverable details: the city where you live, the name of your employer, and maybe your middle name.

If you’re like most people, the results page will be full of data brokers offering anyone doing a cursory online search a host of information including your address, your phone number, your email, the names of your relatives and their addresses, and so much more. In a world rife with random doxxings, swattings, and scams, this is a problem.

Thankfully, there’s something you can do about it.

While removing all personally identifiable information from the internet is extremely difficult, there are a few simple steps you can take in your spare time to snip the low-hanging fruit. To be clear, if you have a specific reason to be concerned about a stalker or threats to your safety, then you’ll want to take steps above and beyond what’s laid out here. However, if you’re simply worried about your privacy in general and want to clean up your online footprint, then this act of privacy hygiene can go a long way.

A good first stop is the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit “dedicated to reimagining privacy in a digital era.” The organization has an extremely detailed opt-out list for data brokers, with the respective links and steps needed to remove your info from the companies’ clutches. More broadly, the WPF put together what it calls the top 10 opt-outs — a detailed step-by-step guide to pulling your information from the data brokers of the world…

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