May 29, 2010  •  In Information, Web

Is Your Personal Data on Spokeo?

My blogging friend Fabulously Broke alerted me of Spokeo this morning.

According to their website, Spokeo is a “people” search engine that aggregates all publicly available data (including but not limited to: phone directories, social networks, marketing surveys, mailing lists, government census, real estate listings, and business websites).

While a quick name search will bring up cursory information, paid members can access even more detailed data.

I knew that after being active on social networks for years, my information would most likely be listed. What surprised me is that they had the wrong information. More specifically, their information was vastly outdated — they had me listed as still living with my parents, circa 1999! And NO, my parents’ house is not worth $1 million (we wish!).

They did not have any phone numbers or emails listed, which is a common complaint by most visitors of the site. However, the information they did have bothered me, so I clicked on over to their privacy page and asked to be removed from their public search engine.

IMPORTANT: Since Spokeo gets their data from third-party sources, removing your information from their searches does NOT mean you’re in the clear. You would still need to contact those third-party sources separately and ask to be removed (or change your privacy settings).

I did a search for J and was pleased to see that he was not listed. The same for my sister. However, some close friends were listed, so I will be emailing them shortly to let them know.

I highly recommend that all my readers click on over to Spokeo to see what personal information is out there for all to see!

7 Responses to “Is Your Personal Data on Spokeo?”

  1. mindy:

    holy crap i’m a hispanic living in baltimore!!!

  2. Thanks for the heads up. They had TONS of information on me, some of it very detailed.

  3. Em:

    I still live with my parents, too. Also, apparently I’m in my 50’s….um….noooooo

  4. Thanks for the credit! :)

    I’m happy to be Canadian and NOT on the page, but that is really creepy.

  5. Sherry:

    The info Spokeo had on myself and my sisters was highly inaccurate. Apparently, I’m single and still living with my parents, which was last true more than 10 years ago. And one of my sisters is in her late 50’s? Even a basic google search would turn up better info.

  6. BB:

    Wait a sec… I have kids? I had no idea. Spokeo had my name, address, age range, zodiac right, then it insists I have kids. I’m not sure if the true or the untrue info they’re posting is creepier. Thanks for letting us know about this!

  7. moni:

    I would just like to say I admire your blog –its really interesting and I have no idea where you find half of the stuff you do.

    But, on topic, this is really creepy. I searched up my family and the only one who turned up was my dad, who apparently lives with 7 other strangers. But scarier is that this actually pinpointed our home location on the map. Thanks for making me aware of this!

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