There are plenty of sites that collect and make your personal records and information accessible to anyone for any reason - so long as they're willing to pay a fee for it. No security for those whose information is being offered out. Most do offer some sort of opt out, but USSearch.com is one of those that makes it very difficult, requiring the below: "In order for us to process your request, we need to verify your identity. Proof of identity can be a state issued ID card or driver's license. We will only use this information to process your request. No request will be processed without complete information and verification of identity." http://www.ussearch.com/privacylock (scroll to bottom) and then there's this: "If your identifying information, such as your address or area code changes, you will need to opt out again to prevent your new information from appearing. In order for us to suppress or opt out your personal information from appearing on our Website, we need to verify your identity. To do this, we require you to send us proof of identity via postal mail or fax, which we will use only to process your opt-out request. Proof of identity can be a state issued ID card or driver's license. Please cross out everything but your name, address, and date of birth before sending us the proof of identity." http://www.ussearch.com/about/privacy (under 3) So even once you go through all the trouble, and if something's actually done, if your address or phone number changes 6 months down you will have to do the same all over (always providing them more copies of extremely personal info) Further, you can't verify what address they're listing you under (in order to use in your request for removal - and the info submitted must match what they have listed for you) without purchasing your own information. I called and asked if they were seriously suggesting that the only way for me to determine what address they posted online for me, in order to request it be removed, was to pay them for a copy of my OWN info - he assured me that yes, that was the only way. I've removed data from a few of these sites listing me at addresses I haven't lived at in years. You could possibly spend months trying to get the exact info they have listed if you chose not to buy a copy of it from them. I'd love to find out if there are any protections for individuals or legislation in the works. If there's something added to your credit report you're given the right to know and verify or dispute it, as well as place a freeze on it so that no one can simply request it. Surely we have some sort of right to access our own marketed information beyond credit reports - either to opt out or to determine whether we really want the world to know what color underware we purchased last week. They're not at all accessible either, making them seem even more unseemly. Under contact, they list a toll free number of (800) 877-****, and their listed address is not a physical address but a PO Box: US Search PO BOX 4145 Bellevue, WA 98009-**** and if you visit their Careers page it gives and HR email and otherwise just says Located in Los Angeles It's not as if there's a way of preventing the collection of personally identifiable info save visiting ea site and requesting it's removal - Open season for identity thieves, stalkers, and other criminals - But this company is flat out despicable. We need legislation that allows non-offenders and non-criminals a right to privacy - at the very least (since these sites argue that the info they sell is available to all if they take the time to search) a guaranteed right to access ones own personal info without having to pay for it, and then an easy way to opt out. There should also be some sort of liability if a company does sell such private information to a party or parties resulting in damage or harm to the person whose info was sold.