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Monday, May 24, 2010

Who Knows What About You?

Spokeo is a site that correlates data that their bots find on the net and sell it. Doesn’t sound sinister until you discover that the data is about you! Data mining is used by many companies but this is one that offers to reveal whatever they have found for a ridiculous low price. To gather all your personal data on the net you would have to spend some time and do some searching. It would take a fair level of expertise to search all the sites and get photos you have posted, opinions you have expressed and things you had hoped might never again see the light of day. Spokeo has the expertise and the incentive to do so since they sell the data to people who are willing to invade your space to learn more about you.

Spokeo advertises that they are a search engine that specializes in organizing people related information. They have a privacy policy that allows you to remove yourself from their data base but they explain that the removal has no bearing on the original data sources where the found the information. Snopes suggests that even the removal procedure may be just a way to gather legitimate email addresses. Regardless of whether that is true or not, you may want to check out Spokeo and remove your information due to concerns about privacy and especially since there may be gross inaccuracies. 

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