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OPTERY BLOG

What Are People Search Sites?

Data brokers are companies that collect information on consumers and then sell that information to other companies. And the data broker ecosystem is vast.It’s a galaxy of companies that exist in this space. Most of the data brokers ordinary people don’t know who they are or that they exist. The ones that peek their heads out of the shadows the most are data brokers that we call People Search Sites.

How Data Brokers Moved Online

What data brokers would do is go out and scrape the web, and also gather public records databases for free. They could license data from companies like LexisNexis or Acxiom or Epsilon, and then they could just publish all of that information to the Web. They could put ads on the website, and then they would have millions of pages of content indexed in Google.

Who are Data Brokers?

Lawrence Gentilello, Optery CEO and Founder, and Heather Smith, Optery Data Broker Operations Manager discuss who are the data brokers and people search sites posting and selling your personal information online.

Data Privacy is Going Mainstream: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

It’s unbelievable that in the year 2022, outside of these four states, U.S. citizens still have no legal right to opt out of the sale of their personal information. HBO’s John Oliver agrees and recently discussed a hilariously provocative proposal for getting a nationwide data privacy law passed ASAP.