Safe Shepherd helps protect people from identity theft, digital criminals, and stalkers.
Safe Shepherd, a service that crawls the web, finding and deleting personal information, today announced the launch of their public API for integration into other systems, along with a study of the 290 million unique records of 24 million Americans the service has been used to find so far.
Google doesn’t tap into the extensive world of personal information that lives just out of reach of search engines. Remarkably detailed information about your personal life resides in databases maintained by the government, corporations and publications, and all of it is publicly accessible.
Your information is for sale to all kinds of different entities. Thankfully, there's an easy way to remove it from the places where companies harvest it. Safe Shepherd has been helping people protect their privacy since being founded in October 2011.
Safe Shepherd, a free Web-based service, will search for your data on over two dozen sites that collect and sell personal information. BeenVerified is the company's arch-enemy, according to CEO Robert Leshner. Among the others they track are: RapLeaf, Acxiom, Spokeo, Privateeye, Radaris, White Pages, Epsilon, Intelius, Zabasearch, Archives, PeopleLookup, US Search, PeopleFinders, PeekYou, PublicRecordsNow, Pipl, and PeopleSmart.
Take Safe Shepherd, a 500 Startups-backed company focused on removing your personal info from the myriad creepy PeopleFinder sites around the net. After watching their userbase climb slowly-but-steadily since launching over 6 months ago, SafeShepherd found a way to more than double their userbase in the past month alone. From October 1st, 2011 until April 1st of this year, the company had managed to pull in about 7,400 users. They’d helped these users find roughly 200,000 personal records floating around the Internet, and had managed to get around 20,000 of these records expunged.
SafeShepherd aims to make it easier to opt out of personal information site listings. It shows you where you're listed and automates the removal process when you want to opt out. The startup, which graduated from accelerator 500 Startups in August, will let you remove up to 10 records for free. A free search for my name, however, yielded no results that were actually mine.
Robert graduated in 2007 with a degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania where he was roommates with Geoff Hayes. He lived the Chicago finance dream, most recently as a Principle of HPM Partners where he helped grow assets under management to $2 billion. He even became a Chartered Financial Analyst and taught himself web design to start Safe Shepherd.
Geoff graduated in 2008 with a degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a programmer at Applied Predictive Technologies, where he designed large data-analysis systems. He then saved all his money and moved to Asia, where he backpacked for 16 months and learned numerous languages. He loves focusing on eloquent solutions and rapid coding to achieve a robust product. His core philosophy is measuring everything and test-driven design.