A simple internet search of your name will turn up all sorts of interesting results on Facebook, Google+, Twitter along with other sites you don’t quite recall signing up for. People ought not be too proud to google themselves. Everyone’s privacy is now at stake due to data gathering sites.
Thanks to sites like BeenVerified anyone can look up the information they need to show up in the middle of the night at your door. Sites that scrounge the internet for your info and create a profile page representing you. A complete address history, public records, all your phone numbers, friends and family and links to their profiles as well. Anyone from your mom to complete strangers can run a search and find all the goods on you. A convenience for stalkers and anyone else who wants the dirt on you. A ponderous consideration is whether studio movies and records have more online protections than your personal identity.
The idea that a crazed lunatic ex-partner can look up someone who is in hiding and unaware that these sites have created convenient and unbeknownst profiles is beyond disturbing. The people running these shortsighted sites have compromised your privacy to better their financial bottom line. Some lure you into signing up if you come upon your profile you’re not sure you created. Sites such as Linked-In and Classmates/Reunion have in their disclosure that your information will be shared; and of course everyone reads all those agreements they agreed to for the free services. When you realize that the ship does come in and the price was not free; just the measly cost of your privacy being shared and sold to anyone willing to pay.
Should you want your info removed, some sites will do so at your mere request. A few sites also claim they will do their best to keep info from their public site in the future. Other sites will demand that you fax them a copy of your driver’s license as proof of identity. Even upon requesting that they remove the page they created regarding your person, or modify the inaccuracies they have been publicly providing without your awareness, they don’t guarantee that you information might reappear at some later date. Many sites also won’t confirm that your info has been removed entirely from their database, only from their online site. And the best scam is the site which has a partner site you can pay a fee to to clean up your online identity; something smells of a racket.
Whatever your degree of concern regarding your online presence, it is a good idea to check and make sure that what these sites are representing as you is at least accurate. If you find you don’t like what you find, be prepared to be persistent and vigilant on holding these sites, and the sites whom leaked you info in the first place accountable. Good Luck.