What are data brokers?
Commercial data brokers acquire, purchase, accumulate, and sell information about consumers; they have vast information on most Americans. Data brokers offer some very limited opt-outs, and not all data brokers offer opt-outs. If you are a victim of identity theft, a law enforcement professional, or a victim of domestic violence, the opt-outs may be important for you. opt-out policies can be challenging to find on the data broker sites. When you read the opt-out offerings carefully, you will see that they are often qualified. Consumers who are victims of identity thieves, victims of domestic violence, public officials, and others may have the greatest interest in seeking what opt-out options are available. Some commercial data brokers allow some categories of consumers to opt-out of some limited uses and disclosures of personal information.
How to opt-out
Acxiom, Choicepoint, and Lexis Nexis are the largest data brokers, so, if you are an identity theft victim, a law enforcement professional, or have a strong safety need to opt-out of data broker databases, start with these three companies first. For more information on data broker opt-outs: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Info Brokers opt-out page and CDT opt-out Site.
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