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In Spring 2010, Spokeo released version 4 of its website. Shortly thereafter, CBS47.tv, which serves the Fresno, California, viewing area, aired a short piece on Spokeo, outlining local law enforcement agencies' concerns that the site would enable cyberstalking. They reported that credit information was being included in some online profiles and that Spokeo had recently removed a feature that provided photos of private residences. Search results on Spokeo offer to provide a "Credit Estimate" and "Wealth Level" information, as well as information about a target's mortgage value, estimated income, and investments. In an interview with Michigan-based WILX-TV Spokeo's founder, Harrison Tang, said that credit information is not actually available through Spokeo.
According to the California Office of Privacy Protection, the information provided by sites like Spokeo regarding an individual's name, address, and phone number, are considered public record. Furthermore, when a person purchases a home, the purchase, including the price is recorded with the county recorder and is considered public information. There is no specific statute that prohibits businesses from putting such public record information on the Internet, nor any statute that requires a business to remove it upon request.
On Facebook in particular, several users complained on the "Spokeo" message board that the website was a violation of their privacy, and new groups were started to demand an end to the service. Several of these users claimed that information set to private on facebook and other social networking accounts was still appearing on Spokeo's website. However, Spokeo cannot hack into private accounts. In other words, if a user can find friends on a social network, they can also find them on Spokeo. Spokeo's technology recognizes third party privacy settings and updates the database accordingly. Whenever content is changed from public to private, Spokeo the next time it re-crawls content. Twitter users have also been urged to remove their information from Spokeo.
Removal of personal information
The Spokeo website contains an opt-out form (accessible from the "Privacy" link on the bottom of every page) that allows users to prevent specific Spokeo pages from displaying search results for their names, phone numbers, or email addresses. The removal of email address search results was implemented by Spokeo on April 19, 2010, and the removal process is the same as that for name and phone listings, although some Gmail users initially complained that the system malfunctioned when they entered their addresses. While it is possible to block your listings from being displayed on Spokeo, they will not be removed from the original sources. Other users have found it easy to deactivate results pages for their names. Since mid-April, Spokeo has fixed most of the bugs, making opt-out a one-step process. (Note: AOL users may not receive a confirmation email from Spokeo to complete this process. If this happens, try an alternate email address such as Hotmail.) Although Spokeo prevents users from removing listings belonging to aliases, friends, or family members, in bulk to prevent spambots, the site allows for users to email URL requests to their customer service email.
Originally posted by chaosinorder
Search Barack Obama and see what is shown.
The company assists recruiters, salesmen, lawyers, and law enforcement officers in people research efforts,