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"I happened to be searching on Google.com looking for any information out there about myself that I do not want on the Internet. I thought I did a good job of protecting my information, but apparently I was not diligent enough in my efforts.
A lot of companies exist such as spokeo.com, intellius.com, peoplesmart.com, peekyou.com, and many more that profit off of selling peoples personal information unbeknownst to them. I think this practice is very scrupulous and needs to have some regulation to it regarding peoples privacy. While I was able to go to these sites and opt-out and remove my information, I have no idea if anyone has purchased my information, who they are, nor their intent.
I believe that if these sites allow anyone on the Internet to purchase my information, that I should be informed of this purchase. I propose a law be passed that demands these companies to contact the person whose information is being sold with information of the person or entity who is purchasing the information and the reason why they are purchasing this information. Upon receipt of this information request, the person whose information is being sold can view the purchaser's information and the reason why they are requesting their information and make an informed decision whether or not the purchaser is allowed to have their information. The person whose information is being sold should be given a plainly stated opt-out clause within the contact period to further prevent their private information from being solicited by the said company if they so choose.
If a company is making a profit off of selling my information, I think I should be informed that they are profiting on my behalf and have a right to decline the purchase of my information. If the company argues that the information is "public record"; My retort would be that public record is freely available, such as the information on the tax assessors site, which I have no control over, and the tax assessors office is not profiting off of selling my personal information.
Your purchase is confidential. Person X will not be notified of your purchase.
Originally posted by Areyoupeopleinsane
9 times out of 10 it was YOU that authorized the dissemination of your information.