How to Opt Out from Phone Owner in 2021

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PhoneOwner is an extensive online directory for every landline or mobile phone number in the United States. It works like checking regular white pages or yellow pages. A user can look up the residential information of the owner of a phone number by scanning through listings and reviewing the information attached to a phone number. The service also lets interested persons perform a reverse phone search, i.e., entering an unknown number will help find the name and contact information of the caller.

Besides these, the site provides available records related to the phone number in question. The company generates a directory from the repositories of mobile carriers and third-party sources of phone number registrations. Users can self-correct erroneous or outdated data or send a notification to the site administrator to effect the corrections. The information provided by PhoneOwner is not for official purposes. The reason is that the company operations of data provision do not conform with the FCRA definition of a Consumer Reporting Agency. For this reason, consumers are prohibited by law from using data obtained from the site for official business.

Intending users must subscribe by creating an account with their names, email addresses, and unique passwords. Basic phone lookup service is free to use and is activated after the account holder agrees to all the terms and conditions of the service. While reverse phone number lookups are free, access to additional reports means the interested person must sign up and pay for a premium membership following the expiration of a trial period. Premium service transactions will require users to enter some payment details to become billed users. A distinct feature of billed users from non-billed users is the amount of information at their disposal. While non-billed users get limited information such as the name of the most recent user of the reverse phone number specified, billed users can access the ownership history of the number, the full names, addresses, and dates of birth associated with the phone number.

In addition to personal identifier and financial information, PhoneOwner collects data in the following ways:

  • All searches conducted by users
  • Records of email correspondence and newsletters updates
  • Time logs of activities on the site
  • Profile data such as gender, age, education, community affiliations, and occupation.
  • User logs, reviews, comments, feedback, surveys, and suggestions.
  • Non-identifying data collected by internet data capture tools, i.e., cookies and scripts.
  • Aggregate user information, IP address, and browser data.

Users may reject cookies depending on their browser preferences and prevent data collection by Google Analytics. Access to this information is restricted to the account owners and company staff that require them to perform their duties. PhoneOwner provides users with the possibility of deleting personal information on the website in several ways. It is subject to the company's privacy policy and how much control the company has over the information to be deleted.

How to Opt Out of PhoneOwner

Opting out of PhoneOwner entails a series of steps. The type of information to be deleted determines the process. Users can contact the company by phone at (503) 974-6638 or send an email to customer-service@phoneowner.com.

The ground address for mail requests is at:

PhoneOwner, Inc

831 Beacon Street, Suite 203

Newton Center, MA 02459

Requests should complete within a week of application.

Be sure to claim public listings in affiliate websites with PhoneOwner and request an opt-out. To do this, visit the privacy policy page of the website to get opt-out instructions. Alternatively, type in the profile info, such as the username. If the profile is listed on the website, it will show up in the results. Some third-party non-affiliated sites also provide instructions on the same. Otherwise, send a mail to the site administrator through the contact address on the site. Another way is to personally manage online data by adjusting the privacy settings of linked social media handles. The whole essence of this step is to avoid perpetual visibility of personal data on these websites even after removal from PhoneOwner.

While the company can assure the removal of self-reported information, there is no guarantee that data collected from publicly available websites will be rendered invisible because it is not within the site administrator's control. Even after personal data is erased, it is still available for record and legal purposes with the company administration.

What Difficulties Exist when Opting Out of PhoneOwner

By principle, it is easier to remove self-reported information than it is for public data. The process of removal in PhoneOwner.com is pretty straightforward, so long the request is within the ability of the site administrator to execute. Here are a few stress areas involved:

  • Manual opt-out

There is no self opt-out process in PhoneOwner. Concerned users must send a request by email or postal mail. It is slow compared with self opt-out procedures.

  • Manual Search for listed information

The process of deleting a personal phone number from the directory may not be automatic. The reason is that regular directory updates on the website by repositories may re-insert the deleted phone number. In that case, users are encouraged to conduct personal online data management for themselves. It involves searching for the relevant data on the internet and requesting to have them removed from search engine databases by contacting the site administrator.

  • Availability of Record on third-party websites

Another possible difficulty encountered when opting out is if there are affiliate sites unknown to the end-user. The privacy policy of the company does not state categorically what affiliates PhoneOwner has with other companies. Some third-party websites that explain opt-out processes may float information on affiliations, but be sure to check up with the company. Do this by postal or email.

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