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Consumer Privacy Alert: Family tree website reveals personal address, family information
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - Imagine searching your name online and finding all the address and family information you have provided to government entities since you became an adult.
On Tuesday, Snopes.com reported on a family tree website causing a lot of alarm to the general public and, in some cases, concern that police officers were specifically being targeted. A law enforcement Facebook group posted on Jan. 9 a warning to others. However, there is nothing to indicate police officers are being targeted more than anyone else in the general public.
This is legit. We've tested it, my address was in the search, and some of my family was connected to the profile. The amount of info and the accuracy of it is terrifying. Opt out instructions below.
A site advertised as a family history and genealogy site known as FamilyTreeNow.com has been online since 2014, but is suddenly getting a lot of buzz on social media about all the personal information it publishes – but there is good news, you can opt out and have your personal details removed.
originally posted by: Schwallyjdog
This is so messed up. I opted out. Seemed like they had it all pretty correct. Just how many other sites do we have to visit and search ourselves just to opt out. I know of some people who really don't want to be found by some really deadbeat abusive ex husband's and whatnot. Their kids could be in danger kind of thing. This kind of site makes it way too easy for a predator or just anyone that wants to know where someone lives to actually show up.i hope these sites Get sued and shut down. I'm sure there are already plenty of bad things that have happened because of this site.
originally posted by: butcherguy
A lot of the information they had for me was inaccurate.
They did list (correctly) all of the addresses that I have lived at for the last 30 years, but they also had addresses that were incorrect.
The 'associates' were the least accurate. Most of the people listed there are unknown to me.