You've probably never heard of this creepy genealogy site, but it's heard all about you.
My advice is not to look at this site without some protection against tracking. You could use Tor or a VPN, for example. I say that because this site appears to have no advertising and requires no account. I can only assume that it exists to connect IP addresses with people. It also prompts you to create a family tree. That would certainly be valuable to data brokers.http://www.familytreenow.com/
Basically what this site allows you to do is look up any American by name and find addresses, phone numbers, family members, and probable "associates." For some people I know, this info is shockingly accurate.
One interesting feature of the site is that it allows opting out.http://www.familytreenow.com/optout
As I said above, you don't have to identify yourself to this site to use it. This really does mean that you can opt out on behalf of other people. Really. I'm not kidding. I have already opted out a friend. I'm thinking of randomly opting out 20 or 30 people whenever I'm bored.
Note: As the Post
article below notes,
It isn’t clear whether “opting out” eventually removes your personal information from their database, or whether it just prompts the site to block access to it.
I was pleased to discover that most of the info about me was bogus. However, there was some correct information too. None of the correct information was current, though. Notably, my alleged current address and phone number were not even close to correct. There was no info at all older than about 25 years. The site also seems to think I'm the same person as someone who lives a thousand miles away and is not related to me.
I take steps to protect my privacy. I think about it. Information for some of the people I know, however, was disturbingly accurate.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/01/12/youve-probably-never-heard-of-this-creepy-genealogy-site-but-its-heard-all-about-you/?utm_term=.bb3cb4fc7a94
As a footnote, this site reinforces something I've said to many people before. Parents do their children no favor by giving them unique names. The more common your name is, the better protected you privacy is.
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