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Our Favorite Opt-Out Links

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Catalog Choice — A cool site where you can cancel unwanted catalogs, and also research how to cancel other unwanted mailings from banks, etc.

Cox Target Media / Valpak — I still use a few of the coupons that we get in the Valpak, but this is the form you can use to opt-out if you don't find them useful.

DAA (Digital Advertising Alliance) — With their Consumer Choice Tool for the Web, you can have your web browser analyzed for cross-site advertising cookies. You can control the collection and use of web viewing data for interest-based advertising and other applicable uses on your browser, by some or all of the participating companies.

DMA (Direct Marketing Association) — Once you register an account, you can opt-out of magazines, junk mail, and many mailing lists if you don't want to receive all those offers in the mail.

DirectMail.com National Do Not Mail List — This is a free service whereby you can register to have your name removed from postal mailing lists.

Direct Marketing Association: eMPS — eMPS is the Email Preference Service and allows you to remove multiple email addresses from national lists.

Microsoft Privacy Settings — Visit this site in all the web browsers you use and select Off for "Personalized ads wherever I use my Microsoft account" and "Personalized ads in this browser."

National Do Not Call Registry — The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

Network Advertising Initiative — The NAI Opt-out Tool was developed for the express purpose of allowing consumers to "opt out" of the targeted advertising delivered by its members' ad networks. Using this website, you can examine your computer to identify those member ad networks that have placed an ad network cookie file on your PC.

Online Data Vendors — Here you can opt out of phone books, directory assistance, and non-public information sites.

OptOutPrescreen.com — This is the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from consumers to opt in or opt out of firm offers of credit or insurance. Use this to reduce all those mailings you get for credit card offers.

RedPlum — If you don't use the RedPlum weekly mailing of coupons, you can opt-out here.

World Privacy Forum's Top Ten Opt Outs — As privacy experts, the World Privacy Forum is frequently asked about opting out, and which opt outs they think are the most important. This list is a distillation of ideas for opting out that they have developed over the years from responding to those questions.

YellowPagesGoesGreen.org — C'mon, you use Google or some other way to find a business' phone number, so why waste all that paper for a phone book. At www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org, you can opt-out of both Yellow Pages and White Pages phone books.

Yellow Pages Opt Out — Enter your zip code and this site will give you a list of contacts (web sites, email addresses, and phone numbers) for opting out of yellow page book delivery.

Social Media Opt-Outs

Google and Gmail:


Twitter: Head to your Apps page (Profile picture > Settings and Privacy > Apps), then click Revoke Access on any apps you no longer want to access Twitter. For some reason, these apps will hang there for a few minutes allowing you to undo revoking access if you have a change of heart.

Microsoft: Head to the Apps page (Accounts > Privacy, then scroll down to Apps and Services). Click Edit next to the app you want to remove, then click Remove these permissions.

Yahoo: Head to the Manage App and Website Connections page (Click your profile icon > Account Info > Recent Activity), then click Remove next to any apps you want to revoke access from.

LinkedIn: Head to the Permitted Services section (Profile > Account > Partners and Third Parties) and click Revoke next to any services you want to remove. Chances are that most of these will look a little weird to you because they're bizarrely named job application sites like iCIMS or Greenhouse.

DropBox: Head to your Apps Linked page (Profile Icon > Settings > Security). At the bottom of the page, you'll see a list of all the apps you've granted access to Dropbox. Click the X next to each one then Uninstall to remove it.

Flickr: Head to the App Garden page (Click your Profile > Settings > Sharing & Extending, then click Edit next to Account Links), then click "Revoke permission?" next to any apps you want to remove.

Instagram: Head to your Authorized Applications page (Click the gear icon > Authorized Apps from the web app, you can't do this in the mobile app for some reason). Click the Revoke Access button on any apps you want to remove.

Pinterest: On Pinterest go to Settings > Apps to see which third-party apps have access to your account, and what kinds of permissions they have. Click Revoke Access to remove them.

AOL: Head to the Site Permissions page (Login to MyAccount > Account Options > Manage Site Permissions), then click Remove for any apps you want to remove access from.


People Search Site Opt-Outs

FamilyTreeNow Opt-Out — Family Tree Now is a new free site that lets you look up historical records. Shockingly, the site gives away much more information to the public than you would want. If you would like to opt-out of living people and other records then follow this link.

Instant Checkmate searches public record databases and serves local, state and federal data. To opt out of Instant Checkmate, do the following:

  1. Go to Instant Checkmate's opt-out page.
  2. Fill out the Expedited Opt out form with all the pertinent information.
  3. Pass the Captcha test to verify that you're not a robot then click "Opt Out."

PeekYou is a search engine that scours more than 60 sites ranging from social media to news sites. To opt out of PeekYou's search results, do the following:

  1. Search for yourself on PeekYou using your name and state.
  2. If you see a match, click on it to proceed to the profile page. Copy and save the Unique ID number (located at the end of the profile's URL on the address bar).
  3. Proceed to PeekYou's opt-out page, fill out the form, including the Unique ID number you saved.
  4. Under the Actions drop-down box, select "Remove my entire listing".
  5. Complete the Captcha, confirm the fine print checkboxes then hit submit.
  6. Wait for the email verification for removal confirmation and after that, your information will be purged from the PeekYou's search results.

Radaris is a public records deep search that will surprise you at what you find out about yourself.

Spokeo aggregates publicly-available information from third-party sources, so removing your information from this listing, like most, doesn't remove the information from the original source. To opt-out, do the following:

  1. Do a Spokeo search for your name.
  2. Copy and save the URL of your profile match listing.
  3. Head on to Spokeo's opt-out page.
  4. Paste your saved Spokeo profile URL in the provided field.
  5. Enter a valid email address for the confirmation link (we recommend using anonymous mail services like Maildrop).
  6. Pass the Captcha test then click "Remove This Listing".
  7. Verify with the removal confirmation email.