The post I just read from a friend’s blog bears repeating.
For your own online privacy, you’ll want to read this and see how to remove the information Spokeo has on you…and they’re selling it. That’s right, they’re making money on your personal info. They have pulled info from the County Assessor’s office files, placed a satellite photo of our home and property with it, given you the square footage with how many toilets included. They tell everyone you who you’re married to, how old both of you are and what your income level is. You’ll have to pay to know the income level though. They’ve collected hobbies, entertainment and music choices off your social network sites. How much did you say on your Facebook profile? One suggestion for that…never put the year of your birthday on anything online. The more info you put out, the easier it is for identity theft and places like Spokeo. To remove a listing from Spokeo, you’ll need the link to your profile. Simply click on your name in the left column, and copy the link address in your web address bar. You can request to remove a listing here: http://www.spokeo.com/privacy. Then, just follow the steps. You’ll need to insert your email address so that you can verify that you want it removed. Use an old email address that you never check any more so that if they decide to spam you, you won’t be bothered by it.
Spokeo limits how many listings you can remove per email address AND per day. Try and exceed their limit and you’ll get this, “In order to prevent abuse, we must limit the frequency of privacy requests. Please try again tomorrow.” They’re probably hoping you’ll forget to come back.
A big shout out THANK YOU to Angie Vinez http://blessedbeyondwords.com/ for revealing this information. She’s keeping us safe!
Have you looked at your privacy settings for Facebook lately? Do you think putting the birth year out to the public does no harm?