Frequently Asked Questions
20% Government Agencies/Courts/Law Enforcement
12% Military Personnel
3% Law Firms/Attorneys
2% Media/News Agencies
Where does ZabaSearch find the information?
not gather or generate information. ZabaSearch quickly accesses
public information and displays what is available in the public
domain. Many people assume ZabaSearch controls the information found
in ZabaSearch results pages. However, ZabaSearch simply serves as a search
engine in locating available public records and does not create the
records found. Information typically makes it to the public domain via a
wide variety of sources, including but not limited to: phone
listings, court records, real property records, subscriptions etc.
Sources vary state by state and region by region. Unlike
ZabaSearch, there are many
companies who do gather, generate, compile, house and sell public
information, most of which are publicly traded. This practice is, and
always has been, legal in the United States and is the basis for the 2
billion dollar U.S. information industry.
What can I do to prevent my information from becoming so
If you care to make
the effort, there are steps that can be taken to better conceal
information available about you in many public record databases. Many
things can be done quickly and inexpensively, other methods can be
more costly and time consuming.
It is important to
note that it is virtually impossible to completely remove information
available about yourself from public record. Some public
information can be controlled. Some cannot be. For example, real
property transactions and most court records will always be part of
the public domain.
Efforts made in this
regard help to greatly contain and manage your information as you
like, but no method can ever guarantee certain removal of all records.
Here are five very
effective means of controlling information about yourself in the public
1) Open a P.O. Box for
your personal correspondence and bills. Submit a change
of address form at your local post office, forwarding your
mail to your new post office box. This is the single most effective and inexpensive thing you can do to quickly remove your current address from a majority of public record databases.
2) Having your
telephone number unlisted does not mean your telephone number is not
available to the public. This is the single biggest
misconception people have about having an unlisted number. Un-listing
your telephone number simply keeps it out of directory assistance and
white pages. As many experience, even taking this step with the
phone companies is not a guarantee that they will not subsequently
disclose this number.
Phone companies have no further ability or obligation to prevent the
distribution of your phone number once you start to give out this
unlisted number to other individuals, to businesses, or when you use
this unlisted number in legal documents that are filed as public
records. The best thing you can do to control the distribution of your
telephone number is to start with a new unlisted number and block
caller ID information from being displayed when you place phone
calls. Telephone numbers that at one time were listed, and are later
unlisted, are most likely already widely distributed in the public
record domain. Public databases are much less likely to have a telephone
record of yours if you start with a new unlisted number that has
never been listed before and take care as to how the number is used in
your day to day life.
3) Never put your
name, number or information on any form or application (in writing or
over the phone) without checking to see what the policy is of the
company or agency to which you are submitting the form. You will be
surprised to find out how many credit card companies, banks, financial
institutions and government agencies share or sell your information
unless you specifically request that they do not distribute it.
4) Mail a
written request to all major information suppliers requesting your
information be removed. Some will comply, others will not. ZabaSearch has such a policy in place and soon will offer assistance in helping you contact information companies willing to remove your information.
5) Start a
corporation, trust or d.b.a. to conduct some of your personal business
which will require the filing of public records. This is a
more expensive option, but there are many online services that offer reasonably priced
opportunities to do this quickly and
efficiently. These options tend to offer the greatest control over
your information over extended periods of time, but typically require
an ongoing effort to manage well. Always consult with a licensed
attorney or tax specialist before taking these steps as they are best
qualified to guide you. You can begin your research on these
options here: Research
opening a corporation, trust or d.b.a.