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Get Rid of Online Personal Information Once and For All

Posted By Jay Buerck

Deleteme Mobile AppDespite what you may have seen on some TV crime shows or Dateline episodes, it’s pretty tough to delete yourself these days – especially your online presence. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to delete some of your personal data to protect your identity both online and offline.

With the DeleteMeMobile, an app from online privacy startup Abine, you can strip your personal data – ranging from your estimated net worth to children’s names to religious and political affiliations – from many of the biggest website that collect and sell it, which includes Spokeo and Intelius. The app has already been made available for iOS devices in the Apple App Store and hopefully will be expanded to other mobile platforms so the Android and other mobile device users among us have a shot at digital deletion on the go. Otherwise, you can use the company’s web-based DeleteMe service.

You’re able to use the app for free to search and see what kind of information is out there in cyberspace about you. But if you want to go about deleting said info from data broker sites, you have to pay a subscription fee after you’ve used your one free removal. The $24.99 fee for three months gives you unlimited digital deletions.

You can strip your personal data – ranging from your estimated net worth to children’s names to religious and political affiliations

Using a mix of automated technology and human power, the app uses the basic information you provide at sign up to search data-broker sites for information about you. You are then able to click on the results, indicating “This isn’t me” if it isn’t about you or “DeleteMe” if you’d like to remove it.

And since by downloading this app you’ve indicated you’d like some privacy about your personal data, you might be concerned the app is using your personal information you submit to search. But the company said it keeps your personal data private and doesn’t sell it. So you don’t have to use DeleteMe to delete the info you put into the app. But you can start protecting your online reputation and personal identity outside the web by downloading this app and deleting data today.