[New-Poetry] passing along: Spokeo
semanticsblack at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 5 12:46:54 EST 2011
Unfortunately, I checked mine and most of the information was accurate since I live in a high-rise bldg. and street address is right. However, I moved to a different apt. and changed my telephone number--only use a cell now--so they (whoever they are) do not have that (yet), and I have not put any new info online as far as I know.
Also, to have yourself removed from their list, you have to have a special url that you get from joining their service and paying them 3 bucks. They do seem to have multiple ways of getting their pound of flesh.
Since I already have a twin on this poetics list, I am a little sensitive about what information is out there on the Internet, although I am happy my twin on the list is in the same career :) and that she says interesting things. Sheila Elizabeth Black
--- On Wed, 1/5/11, David Graham <grahamd at ripon.edu> wrote:
From: David Graham <grahamd at ripon.edu>
Subject: Re: [New-Poetry] passing along: Spokeo
To: "NewPoetry List" <new-poetry at charlemagne.cddc.vt.edu>
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 10:43 AM
Some context on Spokeo, from Snopes:
One thing to keep in mind is that Spokeo & similar sites just scoop up info that's already publically available on the web. Anyone who knows how to Google can already discover all this data at any time. So, for instance, if your photos or cell phone number from Facebook appear on Spokeo, it's because your privacy settings on FB allow it. Other information, like your phonebook listing and address, are already out there, unless you have an unlisted number I suppose.
Thus, Snopes doesn't think that removing yourself from the Spokeo site will accomplish much.
Another thing mentioned by Snopes that I have confirmed by a little testing at Spokeo is that their information can be wildly incomplete, absent, and/or inaccurate. They have me as unmarried, for instance, and have given my sister a daughter she does not have. No photos, email address, Facebook profile, estimated income, etc. for me, either--at least in the page that you can access without paying.
========================================David Grahamgrahamd at ripon.edu
On Jan 5, 2011, at 3:54 AM, Anny Ballardini wrote:
a site called Spokeo.com that's a new online USA phone book w/personal
information: everything from pics you've posted on FB or web, your
approx credit score, home value, income, age, etc. You can remove
yourself by first searching for you on their site to find the URL of
your page, then going to the "Privacy" button on the bottom of their
page to remove yourself. (Copy & re-post so people are aware).
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