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A reader of my other blog (thank you!) recently brought this article to my attention:
You’ve probably never heard of this creepy genealogy site. But it knows a lot about you. I'll just chill here for a while and give you the time to read it...
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... Done? Good. Creepy, isn't it? I'd say so. As the article points out, the FamilytreeNow website lists information that's already public, but it makes it a whole lot easier to access; it effectively makes it child's play to doxx someone. Doxing or doxxing means to make information, especially about someone's true identity, home address, phone number and so on, available against that person's wishes, so that they are now more vulnerable to harassment, violence and other nasty stuff.

This site only seems to have records about people who live in the US. If you do, you are probably listed. This is an inherent risk to your privacy and personal safety. So my advice is: go to the site and find your own listing, and once you do, opt out. This is where you go to do that.

This is not the only site of its kind but it's unique in that anyone can look up anyone's info without even registering. But if you find similar sites, let me know so I can add their links too.



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keep checking theem

Date: 2017-01-26 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Fyi, removing data from familytreenow is a bit like whackamole. You can opt out of current records, but the next time they do a big data refresh from their source feeds, a new record will be created. It's not a set and forget opt out, you may have to check it at least once a quarter.

--Secret Agent Sockpuppet from mefi

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