Spokeo = spooky

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A friend on FB posted something disturbing so of course I had to check it out. She was talking about Spokeo.com.

Spokeo is a search engine specialized in aggregating and organizing vast quantities of people-related information from a large variety of public sources. The public data is amassed with lightning speed, and presented almost instantly in an integrated, coherent, and easy-to-follow format.

While an individual could on their own, for example, potentially locate a person’s phone number or address by searching phone books, then redirect their search to a county tax assessor’s office to determine a home’s value, they would have to conduct literally hundreds of searches to discover all of the information available through only a single search on Spokeo.

Spokeo’s unique and powerful algorithms can swiftly navigate, sift through, and collect multitudes of scattered data that are spread across hundreds of locations, and synthesize that information in one convenient summary, delivering the most comprehensive snapshot of people-related, public data offered online to date. The search results represent an unparalleled mosaic of the vast stockpiles of public information accessible, and can offer invaluable insight into both the individual being searched, as well as the different types of information published.

Spokeo continues to work on new algorithms to improve its data accuracy. B) Spokeo currently aggregates name and phone listings in the US only. Therefore, one cannot locate non-US residents by name or phone. Spokeo’s email and username searches, however, utilize a different technology, and can locate virtually anyone in the world so long as they have a social-network account.

This is what my friend posted on Facebook: REMOVE yourself by searching for your name, copy the URL of your page, go to the bottom right corner of the page and click on the Privacy button to remove yourself.

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