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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Zabasearch? More like Zabasuck...

There have been privacy concerns about ZabaSearch, a search engine that currently offers free information about people, including their home addresses. Cathy Seipp at NRO is nervous about the privacy implications.

I can't help but think this isn't a huge deal, considering how many people and organizations know your home address - federal, state, and local governments, utilities, phone companies, banks, employers, ect. Plus, other companies have offered this info for a nominal charge. And you can remove yourself, although Zabasearch would probably do well and avoid some public outrage if they made the process a little easier.

But I'm not real worried, mostly because I plugged my name and state into it. It did find my address - from the apartment I live in my senior year in college. I graduated (and moved out) in 2002. I've lived at two other addresses since then.

I'm guessing that some of this is pulled out of phone books, and I don't have a land line (although we did have one in the college apartment). I suspect this because I searched for another family member, and found her address. She lives in my grandparent's old house, and still has the phone listed under his name, despite his being dead for the last 25 years. What do you know, her phone number is listed under my dead grandfather.

With quality data like this, it's a good thing the data is free, 'cuz it seems pretty worthless to me.


At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said... (AKA, lists personal/private information such as street addresses, unlisted phone numbers, birth year, maps how to get to your house, satellite photos of people's homes, your family's address/data, etc) and (also does similar searces) seems to be an invasion of mine and your privacy. I know that these are public records and that are not to blame (businesses and government are to blame for leaking this data), but people do not know that if you even simply register to vote or request to join the army/military in USA, you name/address/telephone are made public information (muti billion dollar industry selling our private info) without you having to sign a consent form or without asking permission! Even where you buy a domain name (lease actually, no single person actually owns a domain name, even Bill Gates does not own, your address, name and telephone number are added to public records that anyone with an internet connection can retrieve this data to harrass you or even SPAM you (don't forget that deranged cyberstalkers can find you now)! Other places Zaba get's YOUR private data may be from county records, state records, court records, info becomes publicly available after you buy a new house, go to the post office and file for a change of address form, etc (data gets sold to info brokers on the open market)! I think all Americans should make a class action law suit against this type of crime which businesses and gov't are doing!

Don't be mad at for providing public data! Maybe Americans should not vote for presidents or give personal data to businesses!

Supposedly you can have your private data removed from the ZabaSearch database deleted by requesting it at (but that does not mean your data is not posted somewhere else like for example).

BEWARE, more of these search engines with private data will be coming or are already here! You have no privacy unless you use fake identification (only choice). Even states that have laws against posting people's home addresses are

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