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Google Phone Lookup (non-site-specific) [message #2582] Sat, 16 October 2004 11:19 Go to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Got a word today from a fan, something I didn't know about.
Hit http://www.google.com/ and type in your own area code and phone number. You may find that you are 'available' this way: name, address, and a map to the location of that phone. There is a link to remove yourself from that one database; I've no idea if they would sell your info to someone else before they 'processed' the removal request, but paranoia and Standard Business Practices suggests they may.
(btw, mine do not show up - I have pay-$3-a-month unlisted numbers with the phone company, which may be the reason)

What I don't know is, how much of the implications I have to explain to most of you. Anything? Everything?

Re: Google Phone Lookup (non-site-specific) [message #2593] Sun, 17 October 2004 11:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
T.  is currently offline T.
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Happily, Google doesn't seem to have Canadian (or, at least, Quebec) phone numbers in its database (yet).

http://www.whitepages.com/reverse-phone does cover Canada, however, and is a free service. Moreover, they leave cookies on your computer, and collect and analyze your internet usage "while using WhitePages services", but who knows what they're actually up to.

Don't see any way of removing one's name from the database, either.

Re: Google Phone Lookup (non-site-specific) [message #2594] Sun, 17 October 2004 11:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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Last time I tried that, the only numbers that got hits (mine and those of friends) were ones that had been "public". Ones from (ancient) BBS lists, ones from foolishly made posts to open newsgroups, and ones from archived messages on websites.

I tend to think of google as a reminder of why you need to be careful what you post where.

[Updated on: Sun, 17 October 2004 11:51]

Re: Google Phone Lookup (non-site-specific) [message #2596] Sun, 17 October 2004 21:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mike the Younger  is currently offline Mike the Younger
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Google didn't turn up anything for my Phone number either here in Manitoba. Guess it only works in the US.

Note to self: keep my phone number off the net
Re: Google Phone Lookup (non-site-specific) [message #2603] Mon, 18 October 2004 03:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
brudin  is currently offline brudin
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not a chance here in france because france telecom (the only provider) sell the reverse system to society, and they sell too a little box who give the number which call you and it give you the name of the caller.

Brudin, palanain de Moradin.
(Moradin's paladwarf, cool joke in french Wink )
How My wife was surprised by me [message #2617] Thu, 21 October 2004 05:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Eric  is currently offline Eric
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[Updated on: Thu, 29 May 2008 17:44]

Re: Google Phone Lookup (non-site-specific) [message #2627] Thu, 21 October 2004 19:57 Go to previous message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Eric wrote on Thu, 21 October 2004 10:25

Is there any real point to suppressing the online listing if the relevant information is in the phone book anyway? Quite apart from Ellen's suggestion that doing so is likely to put one on a list that few sane people would want to be on, I'm sure there are copies of the phone book online, which would lead me to the conclusion that anyone with a sufficiently large-capacity database or worksheet program could duplicate the posted information without a whole lot of difficulty.

A) Not necessarily; I don't see any signs that they would NOT take an unlisted number and stick it in the Google database if they found one.
B) "Some work" is what I want someone to go through before they can find my house from my phone number. Every freakin' bit of work required sieves another percentage of assholes away from me.
C) Any clerk or whatever that sees a face and gets a check can now (since most places ask for phone numbers) now find out where you live, and possibly beat you home. Robbery vs. unoccupied house also seems a bit easier.
D) You might not need it; your relatives could (if like mine) probably use the scare. This one's right in their face, if they have a computer.

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