The information on OpenCorporates is all a matter of public record, and is sourced from the official registers, and from published government data. We aim to be an accurate copy of this and other records, and thus do not remove companies or data that are in the public record.
The reason this information about companies is published by governments is that the free flow of information about companies is essential for both a fair society (consumers need to know whether a company exists, what its standing is, and where to file suits in order to get redress), and a fair market.
However, should a company register or other public data source remove or redact information about a person connected with the company, because, for example, their personal safety is at risk and/or concerns relating to fraud or identity theft, we will update the OpenCorporates record appropriately in a timely manner once we’ve been informed.
In addition, we can temporarily redact information while the official public record is being changed. If you would like us to instigate this please contact us here and provide the following information:
1) The OpenCorporates URL(s) that this matter relates to
2) Your position within the entity
3) The reason for instituting the procedure
4) The steps you are taking with the register to change the public record
We may require documentary evidence that you are in the process of updating your information on the official public record to ensure that there is genuine risk. Temporary redaction normally lasts for 4 weeks, after which the information will once again become visible. It can be extended if evidence can be given that the procedure for removing the data from the public record is ongoing.
It is important to note that redacting your name and address from our website would not allay any risk to you, as this information would still be readily available in the public domain. As such, in instances where there is a credible threat to you, you should immediately inform the relevant national register and ask that they amend and/or redact their records.