November 28, 2007

Privacy lost.

I get home tonight and I have an e-mail from my friend Smokepoles telling me that Google has implemented a new feature that allows you to put in a phone number and if you search you're able to find the information of the numbers owner. I had heard this before, but never saw it work... until tonight. I went out and sure enough I entered my number and up popped my first initial, last name, city and state. At first I wasn't too concerned, you really can't get too much from that, but I decided to remove it anyway. As I was going through the remove process, Google linked me to some other sites that also do reverse number look ups. Two of them, and not only gave out my full name, but also my wive's name, our home address and directions on how to get here. For the last forty minutes I've been on a rampage having all of my information removed from these sites.

So if you are a little concerned about privacy, you might want to check and see if you are listed on any of these.

Posted by Contagion in Things that make me go, "GUH?!?!" at November 28, 2007 05:42 PM | TrackBack

It should only be available if your number is listed anyway... I just put mine in, and Google can't find it.
But yeah, if you *are* listed, you can put in a name, and it'll give you their address, phone number, and frikkin' directions to their house.

Posted by: Shadoglare at November 28, 2007 11:43 PM

I probably have to do this again. I did this way back when we lived in IL. Then for the longest time, the current number showed up as the person who last had the number. Heh (I still get calls for that woman!).

Posted by: Teresa at November 29, 2007 02:01 PM

I had mine removed about 6 months ago and they really did remove it. I just checked and we don't exist in google anymore.

Posted by: Bou at November 29, 2007 10:01 PM