Monday, March 29, 2010

Are intimate details of your life on SPOKEO.COM?




Spokeo may be a little Spooky-O
Are intimate details of your life on SPOKEO.COM?
A new website is taking personal details of your life from various places on the Internet and combining it all on one page for anyone to see.

Reporter: Lizz Marrs

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)- A new website is taking personal details of your life from various places on the Internet and combining it all on one page for anyone to see.

It's has typical things like your address and phone number, but it also has intimate details like your hobbies and even lists your family members.

The website called Spokeo takes public information from social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, and then it takes phone book listings, business websites and marketing databases and creates a page for you.

But be careful because not everything is accurate.

Some of the astrological signs, or hobbies have been wrong.

Nancy Wood was shocked and says, "I am on facebook but knowing my father's name is a little bit creepy."

And Joan Axthelm says that's why she's cautious online. "I have a blog and a facebook page and twitter so I have all this information out there but it's only accessible to people I allow to be accessible but this just reaffirms for me this is an important thing to do."

There is a way to delete this Spokeo page if you are not comfortable with your information being out on display.

Copy the URL link from your page
Then, click on the privacy button in the bottom right corner.
Paste the URL and type in your email, and you should get an email from Spokeo to complete the removal process.

This website is a helpful reminder that anything you put online is public and can come back to you haunt you.

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