I’m grateful to our beloved fellow May for sending this. I did as Bob Livingston, the author of the article below, instructed.
I went on Spokeo (www.spokeo.com), a business that scours the World Wide Web for information on individuals and make the info available to anyone both for free and for a fee if you want the full report.
I searched for my name, clicked on the state I’m in, and found myself. The free, no-cost information on me include my name, gender, approximate age-range, marital status, what kind of home (single-family or apartment rental), estimated dollar value of home, and hobbies. When I clicked on “property,” I saw a Google map pic of my house from the road, including the cars in my carport. Yikes!
I followed Livingston’s instructions to remove myself (and my husband) from Spokeo:
- I copied the URL of the page with the information on me.
- Then I clicked “privacy,” which is found at the bottom right of the page.
- This brings me to another page with a box to paste in the URL.
- You’ll be asked for your e-mail address, afterwhich you’ll receive an e-mail from Spokeo with a “click here” to confirm your request to remove yourself from Spokeo.
About a half hour later, I checked back on Spokeo and found that my removal worked.
Your Web Presence
By Bob Livingston – Personal Liberty Digest – Jan 7, 2011
Maintaining your privacy in today’s technological age is, at best, a difficult task. It requires constant effort to remain below the radar. But, if you have a presence somewhere on the Internet — say through a social site like Facebook or LinkedIn — it is impossible.
There are organizations that scour the World Wide Web for information on individuals in order to organize it in one place and make it available to individuals and other organizations — both for free and for a fee. One of these is the site, www.spokeo.com.
It markets itself as “Not your grandmother’s phonebook,” and it may contain your photos, biographical information, email addresses, financial data and other information that is publicly available. Go there and search for your name and you’d be amazed at the information that may appear.
However, spokeo™ will remove your listing from its free portion upon request. After you locate your listing, copy the URL from the top, click on the privacy button at the bottom and paste in your URL. This won’t completely remove your information that’s readily available, but it will remove it from one public source.