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05-20-2010, 11:03 AM
I am going to ask a stupid question, but one that has been running through my head since the whole email stuff came up. Having your email published - is that any different than say having your phone number or street address published? and why or why not?

my not - there are many ways for people to find me. my email address is just one of them.

Not really, but I don't have my phone number or street address published anywhere either - I opted out - so I sincerely wish there was an opt out option with email too.

05-20-2010, 05:41 PM
I don't want my email published or confirmed because I get enough spam as it is. Yes, I can delete it, but then I *have* to delete it, and all the others along with it.

05-20-2010, 05:53 PM
These things work in weird ways. Do a Google Blog Search on my full name and my e-mail address pops right up, for no reason at all! Also, Huffington Post published my home address, along with my job title and company name, because of political donations that I made. (They also published the amounts and recipients of the donations.) I wrote and asked them to take it down, to no avail. Not that addresses are difficult to find on the Internet anyway -- it's just the principle of the thing.

05-21-2010, 08:06 PM
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/company-news/facebook-shared-personal-data-with-advertisers-without-user-cons/19485873/?icid=main|main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailyfi nance.com%2Fstory%2Fcompany-news%2Ffacebook-shared-personal-data-with-advertisers-without-user-cons%2F19485873%2F

05-21-2010, 10:34 PM
I just spokeo'd my name. Apparantly, I have an estimated home value of 1Million+ (cue Dr. Evil laugh) which I own by myself, am married, retired, an Aries, and have some college. And apparantly, I've had this 1mil house for 15 years. I didn't know I was a real estate tycoon at 15. Or living where I am now.

Just for fun, I checked my mom, my dad, and my younger brother's address. Our ages and zodiac signs are all off--in my little brother's case, waaay off. My mom's info and mine were the most off. There were six other people with my name, so I checked their info to see if it was just confused about the similar name, but none of them had profiles that even vaguely resembled my real info.

It told me I had to pay to see my email address.

05-22-2010, 12:35 AM
Although some things are semi-accurate in my spokeo profile, I am seeing that apparently I have lived in my condo since before I was out of the military....hmmmm....

05-22-2010, 01:12 AM
Spokeo couldn't find me. :D

05-22-2010, 03:11 AM
Spokeo found me in Texas and Louisiana. It says the home my Dad owns in Texas is worth over 1 million. Trust me, it isn't, lol! It lists my hobbies as reading and home decorating. Umm, ok? It also says I have a child. Who knew!?

05-22-2010, 03:39 AM
Apparently, one million plus is the default. Interesting.

It also says I'm in my 60s. :rofl:

05-22-2010, 07:36 AM
More news: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/05/21/facebook.shares.data.ars/index.html

05-22-2010, 02:04 PM
More news: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/05/21/facebook.shares.data.ars/index.htmlAnother angle (http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/unbelievable_wsj_calls_referring_urls_a_privacy_vi .php) on this story. Reading the entire article puts a somewhat different light on the original story.

05-22-2010, 03:57 PM
It says I'm married. I wonder when that happened. :lol: Also that I'm a homeowner, which I'm not.

05-24-2010, 05:16 PM
Is Zuckertwit nuts? On what planet is a "world that is more open and connected" "a better world"? It's a world in which identity theft is rife and privacy violations could cause serious damage to children.

And yes, I know it's "free", but it's a high price for a free site. I would happily pay a small fee for control over my privacy, and I know others would too.

The Village Idiot
05-24-2010, 08:41 PM
They *might* be finally listening:


05-24-2010, 08:49 PM
Spokeo takes demographic data from other sources (well, like everything else). It's already out there anyway, and if it's wrong, even better. There's another thing that Spokeo does; it can connect your email address with any website, service you ever registered with using that email address. Say, if you registered with a photo service, people might be able to browse the pictures you have on that website. That happened with someone in my address book when I first tried it. It also found a site my co-worker registered with where she said she was single (she isn't). Anyway, don't ever pay for Spokeo, I did when someone was stalking me and it didn't really find anything. I guess you get more for free. :lol:

Anyway, here's an interesting article from two or so days ago about Facebook among other things. Psssst--Your Boss Is Spying on You! (http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-psssst_your_boss_is_spying_on_you-1265)
Your boss can monitor your Facebook account, even if you restrict public viewing. If you access your favorite social media profiles on your work computer, you give your employer instant access to your entire profile. In fact, a recent study reveals that more than 70 percent of corporations have access to employees' use of social media.