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Privacy Issue
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Judy in NC    Posted 02-11-2005 at 09:31:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I received this message in an email yesterday and thought it was a joke. I tried it out and it is really legitimate. What a shock! I guess there is very little that is private anymore. When I entered our phone number, it brought up a property listing we have on the internet as well as a couple of messages posted on internet message boards! I'm kind of glad the map was totally off location - we're so rural, it couldn't find us!

The email:

I don't know but what we can be found easy enough with out being in a phone book. In fact the world has shrunk and got so Hi-Tech, I wouldn't be surprised if the technology isn't here or on the horizon to zoom in on us and eavesdrop at will.

Wow I did this and its really true. Weird!

Google has implemented a new feature wherein you can type someone's telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and then you will be
given a map to their house.

Everyone should be aware of this!

Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. Before forwarding this, I tested it by typing my telephone number in My
phone number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped out where I live. Quite scary. Please look up your own
number. Read below for details.

Think about it--if a child, ANYONE gives out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming. In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e.555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on phonebook results link above your phone number and scroll down. It takes 48-hours.

If you are unlisted in the phone book, you might not be in there, but it is a good idea just to check. If your number does come up if you hit map, it will show you a direct map to your house...

Chas in Me    Posted 02-11-2005 at 14:06:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did the Google. Found 82,000 plus replies. Not chasing that search.
Chas, wondering who all those people with his name are up to, up here in Maine

KatG    Posted 02-11-2005 at 11:36:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Judy...I am so tired right now not thinking clearly but there is a site also you can go to called AnyWho Directory Assistance and it gives you all types of info...and US Search is another...It told me or anybody where I had lived the last 10 years...Yes it is scary and I think it is wrong...KAtG

Dale Anne    Posted 02-11-2005 at 11:22:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy ya'll......A map to yer house is only one of many things that can be obtained online!...Ya can look up deeds, SS#, copy of birth certificates,family trees,so on,,but fer us folks who live in the woods we dont have any worries cause first of all anyone who is looking fer us just has to stop at the walmart to find out where we live..[[[ohhh john smith lives up younder]]]...a map[[[[ya just go down the road a peice ya will come to a y in the ya dont wanna go left...ya will see a white trailer but not the first one ya come to..pass it and ya will see an ole knarled hickory..its the 3rd road from that tree...go a lil younder and ya will find john smith]] lol...then ya have to bypass the hunting dogs, The shot gun, and then the ticked off wife cause ya done made the dogs bark during Oprah! good luck to anyone that wants to come to a hicks house lol...dale anne

Brian in NY    Posted 02-11-2005 at 11:01:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I hate to tell you this, but taking your number off of this google site is not going to make it any better....maybe the average joe can't find you quite as easy, but anyone who is savvy with a computer can find you in any multitude of is all public record, and not necessarily based on phone #, etc.

EVERYTHING is online now....medical records, taxation information, DMV records, insurance records, etc etc etc.....

Don't get too worried about's just part of living in the 21st century. Privacy is overrated anyway.

deadcarp    Posted 02-11-2005 at 10:37:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
try typing your whole name in google - most people post a few recipes or messages that way when they're newbies, and there they sit. for example i tried garnett & got 50,000 hits.:)

John D. Smith    Posted 02-11-2005 at 10:30:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have had an unlisted phone for many years and have typed it in to Google a few times and it alway comes up blank. Here is the fun part, I had not heard of typing your name in, so I gave it a shot and got 10+ pages of John D. Smith and just John Smith stuff. I guess I have a good alias name. But it's still hard to cash a check!!

rayinmo    Posted 02-11-2005 at 13:39:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
HI Limey.

RustyFarmall    Posted 02-11-2005 at 10:07:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whoo-wee, I only stray over to this board every once in-a-while, sure glad I dropped in today. Iput my phone number into google, and sure enough, there was my name, and when I clicked on map quest, there was a map to my house. Just plum scary. I am going to try the same thing with yahoo and msn. Will let you all know if the same thing happens.

RustyFarmall    Posted 02-11-2005 at 10:20:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Niether Yahoo or MSN yielded any results.

steve19438    Posted 02-11-2005 at 10:06:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i just tried it. says i have to pay 7.95????

steve19438    Posted 02-11-2005 at 10:02:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my address has been in "the phone book" forever.

Obie    Posted 02-11-2005 at 09:51:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Judy: I went to Google and typed in my name and it came up with where I work but in what area do you type in your phone number to get the map info.?

Judy in NC    Posted 02-11-2005 at 17:17:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Type your phone # in instead of your name - that's what I did and got those results.

like this:
area code-prefix-last four

Peanut    Posted 02-11-2005 at 09:45:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
You'd be surprised how much is out for the world to see. Just for grins, Google your name. If it comes back without a reference to you, you got lucky.

Hollie    Posted 02-11-2005 at 09:34:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeppers! it works...and i've used it a few times..see something for sale,,,,sorta want to know who has it listed...just look up the phone number...spooky and handy...all depends on what side of the pond dam your sitting on...

Pitch    Posted 02-11-2005 at 18:18:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use anywho quite a bit. Like Hollie if I am in the market for something I will just type in the phone#,download a name address and map and cruise by just to get an eyeball on the item if it is sitting out. This way I don't have to waste the sellers time or mine with looking at something I don't want.

midway    Posted 02-11-2005 at 16:23:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, that phone book and map have been around a long time. Try this site for phone numbers, and maps, also down on the page you can insert a phone number and it will tell you who has it. UNless yours is an unlisted one.

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