Background Alert Opt Out & Data Removal Guide

Background Alert is a data broker site that offers its customers people search and non-FCRA compliant background check services. This data broker boasts sharing personal information like criminal records, arrest records, and phone numbers.

Even a free search will immediately reveal your age, address history, and a list of links to your “related persons.” It gets worse: having your information removed from Background Alert is a risky process in its own right.

Background Alert requires a photo, scan, photocopy, or facsimile of your ID to “confirm your identity” and, also, somehow, “for your protection.” We strongly advise you not to send images of any form of ID to this company.

Don’t let the hoops you need to jump through to remove your personal data from this website discourage you from pressing on. Having this kind of personal info so readily available raises your risk of experiencing everything from marketing spam to identity theft.

Our step-by-step opt-out instructions will help you get around Background Alert’s requirement to upload an image of your ID. Check out our other guides to get your data out of the hands of some of the largest data brokers in the industry.

Opt-out process:  5-15 minutes

Removal Requirements: Email

Updated: October 14, 2022

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Watch the video guide

Step-by-step Background Alert opt-out guide

Feature image: Background Alert

Step-by-step Background Alert opt-out guide

Total Time: 5 minutes

1) Search for your listing on the Background Alert opt-out page

Opt out of Background Alert step 1

Go to Enter your full name, select your state from the dropdown menu, and click on “search.”

2) Select your record from the search results

Opt out of Background Alert step 2

Scroll through the records until you find the listing that matches your full name, age, and address history. Click on “that’s me” once you’ve found it.

3) Enter your email address

Opt out of Background Alert step 3

Type in your email address and click “next.”

TIP: Use a throwaway email account or masked email address to protect your privacy when dealing with data brokers.

4) “Confirm your identity”, but don’t upload your ID

Opt out of Background Alert step 4-Alt

You’ll have to upload or send something to complete the process, but we strongly recommend against sending your ID documents to a company like this. According to Background Alert’s responses to the many complaints on the Better Business Bureau website, your request should be approved without an ID attached.

Instead, upload any other image file or use the image below. Then click “next.”

5) Confirm your opt-out request

Opt out of Background Alert step 5-1

Background Alert will send you a verification email to the address you provided above. Open the email and click on “confirm opt-out.”

6) Click on Confirm Opt-out

Opt out of Background Alert step 5-2

That’s it—job done! Background Alert promises to remove your personal data within 7 days of verifying your ID, but they don’t say when they’ll verify your ID. The good news is that our records were removed immediately with no ID uploaded—suggesting that the process is automated and images aren’t checked.

7) Continue your data removal journey

Don’t stop here, though. Background Alert is just one of an estimated 4,000 data brokers operating worldwide. Hundreds of them could be profiting from your personal data right now, putting you at greater risk in the process.

Curious about which ones? Type your name into a search engine and you’ll probably see a fair few people search sites show up. These are obviously a concern, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

There are other data brokers that don’t make your personal data available to search engines, preferring to buy, sell, and trade it behind the scenes. Look into data brokers known to operate in your area to create a list of likely suspects.

Follow our other opt-out guides to help you on this journey or start from these 10 guides:

You know what to do next—opt-out of each and every broker on your lists. If you don’t have the time or patience to do this but still value your privacy, try Incogni. Our automated data removal service will handle everything on your behalf.

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