Public Information

To learn how we collect, use, share, access and secure the information you may provide to us, please read our Privacy Policy.

Here are the questions we sometimes hear from our readers about BainbridgeIsland.com and our approach to privacy.

What is BainbridgeIsland.com?

BainbridgeIsland.com is a privately-held media company located in Bainbridge Island, WA. Our purpose is to be the central source of information for everything Bainbridge Island. In doing so, we will improve tourism and commerce..

Where do you get the information for your listings?

We get our listing information for person and business listings in these three ways:

  1. Publicly Available Information Sources: This is what it sounds like: information that’s available to the public. It includes addresses, street names, cities, states and ZIP codes. Other examples of publicly available information include published phone directories and information published on the Internet, such as business websites.
  2. Third-Party Data Suppliers: Information from third-party data suppliers originates from a variety of sources. It may include publicly available information, such as phone directories, as well as information from other sources. For example, people often provide name, address, phone number, email address and other personal information when filling out forms for contests, sweepstakes, subscriptions or other similar offers. Often, this information can be shared with third parties. Whenever you provide personal information – either online or offline – you should understand how the information will be used and whether it can be shared with third parties.
  3. Member-Published Listings: We obtain a portion of our listings from members who add their information directly to our website.

If listing information is not on BainbridgeIsland.com, it is either unavailable or has been removed from our websites. You can choose to remove your listing from our site. Remove your listing.

Why does BainbridgeIsland.com sometimes include address, phone number and other information?

Our goal is to make it really simple for people to connect. Whether you are making a reservation at your favorite restaurant or are setting up a play date with your child’s friend’s parents, we want to make immediate and simple connections. Based on extensive feedback from our members and users, some attributes are helpful in identifying the business or person they are searching for, especially if there are multiple results for a search.

Why does BainbridgeIsland.com include maps and directions?

Because our readers prefer them. We do a lot of research and talk frequently with users. What we hear is that people want directions to businesses and friends’ houses.

How can I remove my listing information from BainbridgeIsland.com?

To remove a business or person listing, just follow these steps:

  1. Search BainbridgeIsland.com for the listing you want to remove.
  2. Either U.S.P.S. mail or email a request to remove your listing, along with the link to the listing on our website.

Our goal is to remove it within 24 hours; most often immediately upon receipt of your email.

Following this process will remove published listing information (e.g. business/person name, address and phone number) from BainbridgeIsland.com. Removing your published listing information will not remove information displayed on third party websites such as phone books, directories and the like. It may take a a day or two to have your information removed from the cache of third party websites like Google and other sites that index BainbridgeIsland.com for their results.

Will BainbridgeIsland.com re-publish listing information after it’s removed?

We have a process defined to prevent the re-publication of listing information that’s been removed by a member.

What other ways can I protect my information?

There are a number of steps you can take to control how and where your listing information appears on the Internet.

  1. Understand the fine print on “free” offers.
    When something is advertised as “free” it often means that – in return for a free service or chance to win a prize – you must provide information about yourself. If you’re concerned about having your info shared with third parties, be sure to read the fine print before you hand over your name, address, etc.
  2. Read websites’ privacy policies (and other fine print).
    Privacy policies tell users how their information is collected, used and shared. Be sure to read a company’s privacy policy before providing any personally identifiable information. It’s also a good idea to review the terms of use/service to understand a company’s principles regarding your use of their products and services.
  3. Get a post office box.
    One of the most effective and inexpensive things you can do to keep your home address private is to get a post office box. Once you have one, submit a permanent change of address to that P.O. Box and use that address when filling out forms and applications. Taking these steps helps reduce the circulation of your home address, both online and offline.
  4. Be vigilant.
    BainbridgeIsland.com offers a fast, easy and free method for you to remove information from our website. Remove your listing.

    Unfortunately, not every company that publishes listing information offers the same level of service. Your ability to control personal information held by offline companies is even less accessible. If there is not a clear path to remove your information from a company’s website or records, we recommend that you contact the company directly to request the removal of your information. Persistence is often the key to success.

  5. Develop a personal privacy routine.
    Create a privacy schedule and set reminders for yourself. Spend time searching for and removing information that you wish to keep private. By establishing a sensible, recurring, privacy-centric routine, you will be better able to control and maintain your privacy preferences.

Other Helpful Websites

Below are links to some resources that will help you further protect your privacy.

Are there other “people search” sites that publish or sell listing information?

Listing information – your name, address and phone number – is available through a number of websites and third parties. Controlling your listing information on BainbridgeIsland.com is just one step in protecting the privacy of your information.

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.

(NOTE: The inclusion of the links above does not imply endorsement by BainbridgeIsland.com. All registered trademarks and service marks are used for reference purposes only, and remain the property of their respective owners. BainbridgeIsland.com makes no representations or warranties with respect to how the companies listed above handle your personal information. You should visit each company’s website to learn about their privacy policies and respective opt-out procedures. We encourage you to read and understand the privacy policy and information practices of all companies with whom you share any personally identifiable information.)