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Time:03:17 am
I looked myself up on Spokeo.com tonight.

"Patti Beadles" gives an address that's over a decade old. Patricia Beadles gets my correct address, says I'm married, has my cell phone number, and claims that I live in an apartment. It lists the value of the property at about $100K low.

It says I've lived here for seven years (wrong), and that there are two parents both unknown and one child (me) living here. WAY wrong. I may or may not opt out per the BoingBoing article, but I probably don't care enough.
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Time:2011-01-01 07:29 pm (UTC)
My info there is pretty thoroughly bogus, and so is the info for quite a few other people I checked.

I think we need a clearer statutory (or constitutional) basis for personal privacy. I'm not really sure exactly what it should be, though, and that sort of big change comes about when people agree.

Very frequently, I think the people who choose to hide are making the wrong long-term choice (I'm not including people with active stalkers or other immediate threats). Hiding is, I'm fairly sure, only a short-term solution. It's tactically useful, but by no means the full answer, and I think many people over-estimate the safety it buys them (even before things like Spokeo started trolling the online databases and trying to connect things). However, within the law, people get to make their own choices.

Taking the lid off and declaring that we're going to define what your legal rights to privacy are is kind of scary (though it holds out the possibility of considerably MORE legally protected privacy than we have now in the USA).
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