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(Gizmodo)   Google will now alert you if your phone number and physical address appear in its search results. You've got to use their Results About You app if you want to keep this info from appearing   (gizmodo.com) divider line
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2022-09-29 10:06:14 AM  
I'm a pudgy nudist with a basically average sized penis.  Come find me.
 
2022-09-29 11:58:51 AM  
What if I'm worried about my social security number being stolen?

It's xxx-xx-xxxx
 
2022-09-29 12:06:55 PM  
So now your privacy is a matter of opting out, not opting in? How long until you have to pay a fee to keep your privacy?
 
2022-09-29 1:03:43 PM  

Russell_Secord: So now your privacy is a matter of opting out, not opting in? How long until you have to pay a fee to keep your privacy?


Your name and physical address used to appear in phone books. You had to opt out of that too.
 
2022-09-29 1:18:41 PM  

Russell_Secord: So now your privacy is a matter of opting out, not opting in? How long until you have to pay a fee to keep your privacy?


Don't give them ideas.

the_rhino: I'm a pudgy nudist with a basically average sized penis.  Come find me.


No need to brag.
 
2022-09-29 1:19:35 PM  

wxboy: Russell_Secord: So now your privacy is a matter of opting out, not opting in? How long until you have to pay a fee to keep your privacy?
Your name and physical address used to appear in phone books. You had to opt out of that too.


shiat, it's more than that.  Don't forget the map, and all your past addresses, your age, your marital status, and your education.......
it's all out there, and you can get it with just a fee.  A lot of it is free.   Supposedly you can opt out of these, but what about when a new webpage shows up, or when they update their webpage, and you're not "opted out" anymore?  The internet is a data-gathering machine. They're the best thing for stalkers since the local police department.

Here's this person I stalk. I just looked up  all the free info and for a price, I can get all this too.  They have everything.  They have where he lives (a new address, I see), his age, his relatives, his past addresses.  So you know you have the right one.  And if you want to, you can get all this other info too.

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That's the White Pages--you know, the official place where they put your name and address.  That's not all they do now.
 
2022-09-29 1:20:06 PM  
Still okay:  Google sharing all of your demographic data to third-parties.
 
2022-09-29 1:31:21 PM  

cryinoutloud: wxboy: Russell_Secord: So now your privacy is a matter of opting out, not opting in? How long until you have to pay a fee to keep your privacy?
Your name and physical address used to appear in phone books. You had to opt out of that too.

shiat, it's more than that.  Don't forget the map, and all your past addresses, your age, your marital status, and your education.......
it's all out there, and you can get it with just a fee.  A lot of it is free.   Supposedly you can opt out of these, but what about when a new webpage shows up, or when they update their webpage, and you're not "opted out" anymore?  The internet is a data-gathering machine. They're the best thing for stalkers since the local police department.

Here's this person I stalk. I just looked up  all the free info and for a price, I can get all this too.  They have everything.  They have where he lives (a new address, I see), his age, his relatives, his past addresses.  So you know you have the right one.  And if you want to, you can get all this other info too.

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That's the White Pages--you know, the official place where they put your name and address.  That's not all they do now.


Of course, but it's not like it's functionally different. There's all sorts of personal data for everyone publicly available, legally. The internet and big data have gotten very good at gathering it all together to produce websites like that, but it's still essentially the same. You still have to opt out if you want to shield yourself from being found through those databases, the same as in printed public listings.

Is it a problem that all that information is out there, and exploitable? Yes, absolutely. But if the internet had existed in 1950, it's not like things would have been any different then. It's always been legal to do this. Google doesn't even have to offer an opt-out like this unless there are recent laws that require it.
 
2022-09-29 3:41:01 PM  

wxboy: Is it a problem that all that information is out there, and exploitable? Yes, absolutely. But if the internet had existed in 1950, it's not like things would have been any different then. It's always been legal to do this. Google doesn't even have to offer an opt-out like this unless there are recent laws that require it.


Just because you can, doesn't mean that you always should?  The modern world is completely heedless.

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Uncanny Valley
 
2022-09-29 4:02:31 PM  
Google doesn't even show phone searches anymore. I used to use it when I got a call from a number I didn't know. It almost always came up on 1-800-notes or something with people complaining that the number kept calling them, so I'd block that number (which I knew I was going to do anyway, but it's nice to be sure). Now, nothing. Only business numbers show up if you search.
 
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