09/20/10, 11:19 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Originally Posted by Helena
Get a little annoyed when you name and address comes up on the white pages. We have an unlisted phone number but our address can still be found. I know...nothing is private..
Depending on your telephone company they may have 2 kinds of listings... 1 us listed in the white pages of the phone book (published) or listed in the 411 (information) directory listings.
Tell your phone company that you don't want a published listing in the phone book or a listing in the information (411) directory.
As for internet phone number listings. At one point there was one company that bought all the published phone listing information and resold it to other companies that used it on their website search engines. If your phone number was published then made unpublished it will take years to disappear from the Internet.
Most Internet directories have a way for you to request your name & number be removed, but you may have to look hard for it. The instructions might be under "contact us", help or privacy.
For example: www.whitepages.com has the instructions on how to remove your listing under privacy.
www.whitepages.com also lists other sites you will want to visit to remove your phone number:
How can I remove my listing information from WhitePages?
Easy. To remove a home or work listing, just follow these three steps:
Following this process will remove published listing information (e.g. name, address and phone number) from WhitePages. Removing your published listing information will not remove information displayed through advertisements or other pages where non-listing information is displayed. For example, when doing a reverse phone search, we will return the city, state and phone "type" if full listing information is not available. On our "Names Popularity" pages we provide general information about names. No personally identifiable listing information is displayed in these cases and this information cannot be removed.
- Search WhitePages for the listing you want to remove.
- If your search includes multiple results, find and click on your name.
- On the Details page, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Look for the link that says, "Remove this listing." Click the link and follow the instructions to remove your listing.
To understand the availability and use of listing information, here's a list of several websites that publish or sell listing information in some form.
Yahoo! People Search
It does take some time to remove yourself, but it isn't impossible.
Hope this helps