methods users might try that either block the trackers' ability to collect data in the first place
- 1. Avoid publicly accessible pages on social sites like LinkedIn, OkCupid, Facebook. People search sites crawl these to build up their data sets. We recently added a social monitoring feature which will show you a snapshot of your social profiles from a non-logged in user perspective which can help with that.
- 2. Practice safer browsing habits. Lots of plugins like Ghostery that can help with this.
- 3. You're never going to completely prevent them from getting data as long as you're living a normal 21st century life. Most people have real estate records, voting records, retail stores selling their info, etc. That's why removals are a must if you care about people being able to buy your info online. I wrote a blog post about your question here: http://blog.safeshepherd.com/resources/steps-to-privacy-controlling-your-personal-information/
When we do opt outs we try to send the bare minimum amount of info.. But the data brokers and people search sites go out of their way to require ridiculous things such as faxes of photo IDs. We automate the process, though believe me we don't like having to ask our users for this info. We also go to extra measures to use encryption wherever possible. For example we literally can't view the photo IDs of our users even if we wanted to.