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OY with the GOOGLE thing already! - One of the "substitute people"
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araestel
araestel
OY with the GOOGLE thing already!
Got this info from grey853 and thought I'd share.

Google has implemented a new feature which enables you to type a telephone number into the search bar and hit enter, and you will be given the person's name and address. If you then hit MapQuest, you will get a map to the person's house. Everyone should be aware of this! It's a nationwide reverse telephone book.

If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious and alarming.

Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. I tried my number and it came up along with the map and directions straight to our house. I did fill out the removal form for myself, and encourage all of you to do the same.

In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to Google.com, type your phone number in the search bar (e.g. 555-555-1212) and press enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then click on the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours.

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grey853 From: grey853 Date: September 6th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
The more people who see this, the better. I had no idea people could track someone that easily.
tularia From: tularia Date: September 7th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Thing is, you can do this same thing through Anywho.com, so if someone takes the time to go there, they can map your residence as well. And the only way to remove that is to unlist your phone number.
chickenfried_jo From: chickenfried_jo Date: September 6th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't find myself, but I could find my work. Also, I tried a friend and no results. So, I wonder how accurate this is.
araestel From: araestel Date: September 8th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Could be from length of time to whether or not it's unlisted. I have no idea what the criteria is, but mine is supposed to be unlisted, hence my concern. I just get aggravated with people/companies who *assume* I want all my information out and about for everyone to find, including my ex-husband.
beautiful_ori From: beautiful_ori Date: September 6th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously, Google is turning into a monster.
From: ahkina Date: September 7th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Hahahaha...I love your ICON!
peppervl From: peppervl Date: September 6th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
How is this different from any reverse lookup that I can do on any white pages website on the internet and have been able to do for years? Google is pulling this information from the telephone directories reverse lookups, and all removing yourself from the Google lookup does is make it so that I have to type www.whitepages.com to find you rather than www.google.com. And honestly, if I were reverse looking a phone number, I'd go to a white pages site anyway.

And, um, sounds a little... off... to me, given that if I were to be on Google and click on the map link, I'd be using GOOGLE MAPS not MapQuest.

*shrugs*

I'm not saying it's not an argument in favor of making your number unlisted, etc., but I fail to see how this is all of a sudden new and alarming.

tularia From: tularia Date: September 7th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree. It's no different than anywho.com or bellsouth.net. Hub went and removed us from it anyway, just because he's goofy that way. :P
From: ahkina Date: September 7th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Really???
I didn't knew that...I'll go and see if mines is there!!!
Thanks!
araestel From: araestel Date: September 8th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Sure! :)
pokecharm From: pokecharm Date: September 7th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
good Lord...why must technology do these things...I'm almost glad I don't live where my phone number is anymore :p
araestel From: araestel Date: September 8th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
So true! If I wanted my info common knowledge, I wouldn't *pay* for my number to be unlisted.
padabee From: padabee Date: September 7th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that is scary o.O
araestel From: araestel Date: September 8th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Companies assuming I want that info out there. Not so much. GRRRRRRRR
cyclonicblast From: cyclonicblast Date: September 8th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
This is like LJ *assuming* that I *wanted* EVERYONE to know my DOB, even though I had "DO NOT DISPLAY" already choosen. Grrrr!
araestel From: araestel Date: September 9th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, again with the "assuming". GRRRRRRRRR
wynterhawk From: wynterhawk Date: September 8th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow! How freaking scary!
araestel From: araestel Date: September 9th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
It just annoys me that companies automatically assume we're okay with this crap.
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