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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) November 12, 2010 12:41 PM PST

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Help! This Web site discloses almost everything about me!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 11/12/10 12:41 PM

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Help! This Web site discloses almost everything about me!


Whoa! I just found out about this Web site: www.spokeo.com. It claims to be "not your grandma's phonebook" but it's more like a spy tool. I entered my name and saw all this personal information: photos, my wife's name, and the scariest part--a photo of my house from Google Street View! This is certainly unsettling. Shouldn't this type of site be illegal? It just makes it too easy for misuse. How can I get my information off of here? Are there other sites like this that I should be aware of? Please help me, I'm really freaked out about this!

--Submitted by: Bryan B.

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please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

This just points to the larger issue you have. --Submitted by: pllam
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5026782.html

Welcome to the digital world --Submitted by: High Desert Charlie
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5025303.html

It's an aggregator. --Submitted by: Alain Martel1
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5025284.html

How to opt out of Spokeo --Submitted by: HoustonMI
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5025271.html

Publicly available information that's already out there. --Submitted by: vicki_c
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5025279.html

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