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Coverage Limitations for Dishonorable Data Brokers like PeekYou, Radaris, BlockShopper, and others

This page explains Optery's coverage limitations for Dishonorable Data Brokers like PeekYou, Radaris, BlockShopper, and others

Whereas most data brokers comply with opt out requests and completely remove personal information from their web sites without too much trouble, some data brokers like PeekYou, Radaris, and others are notoriously difficult and do not fully comply with opt out requests. We refer to these data brokers as "Dishonorable Data Brokers". For this reason, most of our competitors do not cover Dishonorable Data Brokers like data brokers listed below:
BlockShopper (no longer covered by Optery)
Florida Residents

We prefer not to give Dishonorable Data Brokers a free pass, and continue to pursue multiple channels to have our customers' profiles removed from these data brokers. However, in practice, this can result in these data brokers remaining in the "In Progress" state for many months, and some, possibility, indefinitely if we don't achieve a "break through".

Through persistence and filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and State Attorney Generals offices, in many cases, we have been successful in removing profiles for our customers, but it often takes months of time and effort to achieve a "break through".

Is there anything else we can do?

We're currently submitting complaints to the Federal Trade Commission through their web site, and for our California-based customers, we are also submitting complaints to the California Attorney General's office. If you care about this issue as much as we do, we encourage you to also submit complaints about Dishonorable Data Brokers refusing to remove personal information from a web site after opt out. Below are the links where you can do this:

Report Internet Privacy Fraud with the Federal Trade Commission's

File a Consumer Complaint Against Radaris with the California Attorney General

We also recommend you write to your elected officials and demand they pass strict privacy legislation requiring businesses to comply with opt out requests, and to require stiff penalties when privacy laws are broken. In today's day and age, the right to opt out of data sales and exposure should be a basic human right.

Updated on: 08/03/2024

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