We aired a story last week on the website spokeo.com. It bills itself as “Not your grandma’s phonebook.”
That’s for sure. Because it puts more than your phone number out there. The site points out that it only uses information that is available to the general public. That is, of course, assuming that the general public is interested enough to learn your personal information. In other words, nosy people.
Personally, I found the website to be despicable, but I didn’t know what to do about it. Then, a Facebook friend posted this:
There’s a site called Spokeo.com 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 searching for yourself on their site, copying the URL of your page, then go to the bottom of the page and click on Privacy button to remove yourself.
Another Facebook friend posted this:
Interesting Gerry that they advertise “Reputation Defender” on the opt-out page. I wonder if this whole thing is somehow some kind of reverse-marketing strategy to get people to be outraged that their info is so easily available and drive business there? Someone call Oliver Stone….
So there’s the rest of the story about this website. I reluctantly put a link here if you’re interested in checking to see if you’re listed, and you’d like to remove yourself. I encourage you to click on each tab, such as name, email, and phone. You may also want to check for other family members.
As for the rest of you…