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Old 08-09-2010, 04:38 PM
 
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Hi,

Are you all aware that your private information is for grabs on sites such as USSEARCH, PRIVATEYE, Intellius, etc.? I find this trend worrisome because for a small fee anyone can get information regarding who your neighbors are, whether you own property, if you're married or not, your income, etc. I never anticipated the time would come when you have no right to anonymity. What rights do these sites have to sell our information online? What are your thoughts on this issue?

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Old 08-09-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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It's only a shortcut. I can find out everything you listed without using those sites.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:14 PM
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I agree with Tek_Freek, but I am not sure about the income part. I think that the income part is just generalized estimate... no?
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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It's only a shortcut. I can find out everything you listed without using those sites.

I know that it is possible to go to a court house and get records of what's considered "public information." My point is that by making this information readily available online, anyone (not just a lawyer or someone who has valid reason) can access this information. This is the part that I find disturbing. As of the extent of information available on the sites I mentioned, I can assure you that more than you care to share with the public is there. How do I know this? I purchased my own report and found the names of my neighbors next to my address. My SSN and other information I don't share with anyone was also there. Again, when and who asked for my consent to display this info? The only people I've ever shared this with are my former college, bank, and lending institutions. I shred my mail and practice common sense to not have my identity stolen. Perhaps I am in the minority here who believes sites such as SEARCH.COM and others have taken privacy intrusion to a whole other level.

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Hi,

Are you all aware that your private information is for grabs on sites such as USSEARCH, PRIVATEYE, Intellius, etc.? I find this trend worrisome because for a small fee anyone can get information regarding who your neighbors are, whether you own property, if you're married or not, your income, etc. I never anticipated the time would come when you have no right to anonymity. What rights do these sites have to sell our information online? What are your thoughts on this issue?
Yes, I am aware that sites like this exist, and I agree with you that private information should not be available for anyone willing to pay a fee.
I don't even like these people search sites that give you someone's age and the names of their relatives when you put in a name. I tried this using my own name on a site I can't recall, and up came my current age and the names of my brother, mother and father - including my Mom's middle name, which is particularly disturbing since the middle name of your mother or father is often used as a security question at banking and other financial websites.

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I purchased my own report and found the names of my neighbors next to my address. My SSN and other information I don't share with anyone was also there.
Now that is really disturbing. With all the talk about identity theft today, and how we should safeguard information like our SSN and driver's license numbers, what right do these companies have to make this information available to anyone who pays them a fee?
I think the only way this kind of thing will stop is if enough people contact their senators and congressmen and tell them that enough is enough.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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My thought is if you want privacy, then go to a deserted island. You really have never had a right to anonymity. Information has always been out there and up for grabs. It is just much easier to get than it used to be.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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I know that it is possible to go to a court house and get records of what's considered "public information."
The courthouse records are now online in most places. It's not necessary to go there...

As for your SSN number I'd be talking to the SS Administration about that. I'm pretty sure that information is illegal for anyone to disseminate.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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What is the big deal? Available on the web ~yawn~

In other words before the web none of this information was available to those who knew the ropes?
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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What is the big deal? Available on the web ~yawn~

In other words before the web none of this information was available to those who knew the ropes?

Like I said before, I am in the minority in that I actually care about my information not being displayed for a fee to just anyone without my consent. I see that many people here hold the belief that it's natural to have private information made available and I get those points of view. I still have the choice not to agree with them, so, I choose not to.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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Like I said before, I am in the minority in that I actually care about my information not being displayed for a fee to just anyone without my consent. I see that many people here hold the belief that it's natural to have private information made available and I get those points of view. I still have the choice not to agree with them, so, I choose not to.

But you seem to be upset about it being available for a fee over the Internet.

The point is that the same information can be obtained from your courthouse. Most of what you mention is not private, it's public. If you're so upset about it you need to start a campaign to close down public access to public records. Or move to Russia.

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The only people I've ever shared this with are my former college, bank, and lending institutions. I shred my mail and practice common sense to not have my identity stolen. Perhaps I am in the minority here who believes sites such as SEARCH.COM and others have taken privacy intrusion to a whole other level.
In this case you are aiming your indignation at the wrong target. How, exactly, do you think SEARCH.COM got that information? The entities you list above gave it to them, that's how. Start screaming at them for releasing the info, they're the ones to blame.
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