Stop Companies and Data Broker Websites from Sharing Personal Identifying Information

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People search websites also called “data brokers,”  make a business of collecting, publicly sharing, and selling your personal information on the Internet. 

Many of us have spent countless hours attempting to delete our current and dated personal information from sites such as: True people Search, White Pages, and Intellius. In all fairness, they have removal and opt-out tools on their sites to delete your personal information. Not just YOUR information, but everyone in your family.

The problem is: Your Information Shouldn't be Listed or Shared in the First Place!

Protecting our personal information shouldn't come hidden within a company's fine print. Many institutions like banks will send you letters offering you an opportunity to opt-out of information sharing with Third Parties. If you don't pay for postage and return the letter, you're screwed! 

No company, business, or entity, should assume the rights of our personal information. If we NEVER OPTED IN, we shouldn't have to opt-out.  Data brokerage Should Be Illegal. 

Collecting, Publicly Sharing, and Selling our personal should be illegal.The idea behind Public Information, is that someone can go to a courthouse or government entity and search for information. No one would ever know if you have a lien or criminal record or even where you lived, if data brokers hadn't released it online. 

People are being violated everyday through identity theft, hacking, data breaches, stalking, harassment, and violence because OUR personal information is involuntarily accessible online. 

According to Findlaw, "The right to privacy embodies the belief that a person’s private information should be free from public scrutiny and that we have a right to be left alone. As technology evolves, more and more of our personal information is in the hands of third parties. From e-commerce and e-mail, to smart phones and social media, advances in technology will continue to challenge our legal system and personal expectations of privacy."

The Federal Trade Commission is the primary agency for enforcing privacy policies. Americans are paying into the United States government protecting us, but still we remain exploited. 

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There are Civil Laws protecting Americans from personal information sharing.

Public Disclosure of Private Facts

This tort defends against the unauthorized disclosure of details about a person’s private life that are not generally known. Generally, disclosure to one or two people does not constitute a public disclosure unless there is an implication that the information should be spread around.

Personal Information Sharing with Third Parties should only be an OPT-IN request, not the other way around. Companies, Institutions, and Third Parties shouldn't assume the right to our personal information because we are engaging in business or paying for a service. 

As Americans, we are ALL affected by this. Please sign this petition if you care about protecting your personal and families identifying information.