Is Spokeo legal?

Spokeo is Legal and Compliant with all Laws

At Spokeo, we strive to create a positive and safe environment for anyone searching for people information. Our aim is always to be your transparent and trusted people intelligence service. Your safety and security is our first priority in everything we do, from gathering public data to developing a secure checkout payment service. We’re very proud to say that our entire team, including our award-winning Customer Care department, is based out of Pasadena, CA.

 

Who Uses Our Data?

More than 15 million monthly users visit our site to learn more about the people around them, making trust a little easier. We help businesses conduct market research and mitigate fraud prevention while assisting countless people in reconnecting with friends, family members, and much more. We are a trusted people search service for many people and we hope to be yours too!

 

Where Do We Get Our Data?

We carefully collect information from thousands of public sources, including phone books, real estate records, census records, mailing lists, surveys, public social media profiles, and many more. We only access information from publicly available sources, which means we can’t access private information such as text messages, call history, and emails.

 

How Do We Turn Raw Data Into Actionable Insights?

Our data team sorts through and organizes over 14 billion records.  It is the job of our team of data scientists to validate the data and standardize it to ensure consistency across different sources.  Think of these bits of data as pieces of a puzzle - our team is tasked with making connections between these data sources and figuring out how the pieces fit together to represent the overall picture of someone’s digital identity.  This process is the foundation underlying the easy-to-read reports we make available to you.  

 

What is FCRA and Why Does it Matter?

Our data has a lot of uses, from helping businesses mitigate fraud to finding long-lost family and friends.  However, we are not a consumer reporting agency as defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Because of this, people cannot use our data to make any decisions about employment, housing, or any other purpose covered by the FCRA. You can find more information about the FCRA and Spokeo’s policies here: https://www.spokeo.com/terms-of-use-consumer

 

We Believe Privacy is About Control 

When it comes to the information available about individuals online, everyone has different comfort levels with what’s out there. We understand that people have different feelings about privacy and that not everyone will be comfortable having their information on our site.  In fact, we pioneered one of the easiest opt-out processes in the industry a decade ago, even prior to the California Consumer Privacy Act (effective January 1st, 2020), which now provides users the right to access their personal information and the right to opt-out.  If you’re concerned about your own information, you can remove it at any time. We’ve ensured this process is as easy as possible, and you can read more about it here: https://help.spokeo.com/hc/en-us/articles/115010425928-How-do-I-remove-my-information-from-Spokeo-

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