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April 20, 2005

Stalker's Delight

I read an article about ZabaSearch, a people-finder site. It doesn't say what public data it uses, so it's not necessarily the most accurate. I ran a free search to see what it would generate, and the results were unnerving. It had my maiden name, my birth month and year, current and last address. When you click on one of the addresses, you're taken to a page that offers links to satellite photos, the postal service zip code finder, MapQuest and the Weather Channel. While you can ask to have your information removed, there's no guarantee of complete removal. Personally, I'm creeped out. Granted, they're working with public data of some kind, but the potential for abuse is there.

It's impressive, scary to see what a Zaba search can do [SF Chronicle, via ObscureStore]

Yours, &c., LC | 01:23 PM | Librariana | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

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Interesting. Checking my name. I learned I'm 11 years older than previously thought. However, I did find contact information for 2 college friends; one I know is correct. Had lost it, and recognized the data. We'll see.

Posted by: Richard Novak at April 20, 2005 07:03 PM

The birth years were all wrong for the names I checked too, but otherwise very creepy!

Posted by: PLD at April 20, 2005 11:21 PM

Interesting. It pulls up old info for me, but nothing current.

Posted by: mingaling at April 21, 2005 12:17 PM

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