What do you think about those information collecting and viewing sites that dig up all they can on you? Bad even if it is “public records”, our public records are getting easier and easier for people to get. No more leg work as they are gathered up in one tidy little package online for a fee. Well, I found one such site that really bothers me… you can look up someone by their “Name”, “Email”, “Username”, “Phone” and “Friends” and find all sorts of things gathered about who they are, not only where they live but (of course) a map and a street view of their house, approximate value of the house, income, age, relationships and pictures of you! I stumbled upon a site that does just this and some of the info they gathered you don’t even have to pay see as it shows up right on their site… names are not the only way to search (as you can see on the tabs at the top of the page… . The site I am concerned with right now is Spokeo, it does lead to a main site, of which I’ve seen previously, but Spokeo is by far the worst that I have seen so far(and probably as a result will be the best sales site for this.) why the worst? Because it’s sharing a lot before they even send you to the place selling the information.
Again these are all public records, but I am not happy with what I saw on Spokeo (http://www.spokeo.com). It’s not pleasant to see a picture of the places you’ve lived in just after a few free clicks of the mouse, luckily the info on my new address isn’t in their database as of yet. *knock on Veneer*
You may want to use a fake email address that you can burn (I used yahoo and burned through 2 emails) you can only delete so much per email address “to prevent abuse” they say and then it must be by IP because you then get “In order to prevent abuse, we must limit the frequency of privacy requests. Please try again tomorrow.”Oh and for anyone with .gov addresses, your special… this is what is says each time it says you used the same email or your IP too much to delete your info: Government officials please use your @.gov email address for priority processing.
I got ahead of myself here (A.D.D. much Riah?)… but that’s ok, you will want to create the email address your wish to burn (never use again first). 🙂 Now to delete your info, find the listings for yourself and one at a time copy the url to that listing, click on “Privacy” (at the bottom of the page) and fill out the form (I recommend using that email address that you will “burn”) then they will send you an email in which you need to click a link to verify and have the info finally deleted. It’s really not that hard to do. And if you got married or had a name change of any sort (I don’t wanna know about the any sort…lol) remember to look up that name well you are at it.
Is it obvious yet that I hate these info gathering places? These “public records” are still a privacy concern yet even more concerning is the fact that strangers can look up info now with just your alias/nickname/username and get your information that way. Of course what is under you alias is only what has been gathered either in the open (in memberships, forums or your profiles, for instance) or what has been sold to them by the sources that gather your info from perhaps fake sweepstakes/Contest or fake freebies etc or??? BTW: I found a friends picture using their last name as alias, no biggie, but I still notified them of it.
You know those “sweethearts” that show your terrible pictures in MySpace or Facebook? Of course if they label it (tag it) with your name or nickname/alias that may show up to. Just thought I would throw that in. lol
For future reference, please remember my friends (ok, most of you are strangers, but what the hey), be cautious what you put out there about yourself and where you place your personal information in forms online (read their privacy & make sure they are a reputable company… big companies or official brand name sites, magazines etc, are easily presumed safe, but skim that privacy area anyway, you never know).
So off you go *slap on the behind* go now and do what you wish with this info…
Luv & Hugs,
what are you doing still reading this??? Get your butt in gear and get on getting on…