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How Private Is Your Information?

July 9th, 2010 · No Comments · News, Websites

This one comes from Susan Lauricella, our Teen Librarian.  She gave me an article from “Ask David Horowitz” from The Costco Connection.  I often encourage people to “Google” themselves to see what information is out there about them.  Often they are unpleasantly surprised.  David Horowitz talks about the Spokeo site (www.spokeo.com) which is “a social network aggregator website that aggregates data from many online and offline sources.”  I checked this site and it was easy to find out some information about people but the vast majority of the information that I checked was inaccurate.  There is an opt-out feature in Spokeo but you have to enter your email address.  I would prefer to leave inaccurate information since it only relates to basic information (location, age, education).  For a paid subscription fee, you can see results that may include name, age, ethnicity, marital status, religion, politics, contact info, social networking profiles and more.

~mary anne