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You may or may not have seen the post about that site called Spokeo, where you can just enter someone’s name, and it can bring you their exact location, for a payment of 4 dollars. Even if you don’t pay, you can find what road and town they live on. It also shows you previous properties they have owned, and even the house they currently live in, its size and worth. This is an utter infringement of the peoples’ right of security, and therefore unconstitutional.

I have put up a petition here to close the site, and I need 100,000 signatures by September 24th to close the site down for good. Please, please, please sign it! This site is revolting.

Okay you guys this is really fucking disturbing. I went to the site and tried it with my neighbor’s name, and holy shit you guys. (Yes they show you all the results for everyone with that person’s name, but if you know what state they’re in you can narrow it down pretty well.) Here’s what I could see out without paying anything:

Full Name (middle initial included)
Sex
General age (e.g. “Late Teens,” “Early 40’s”)
Street Name
First 3 digits of phone number (not the area code - the phone number itself)
Number of family members
Street names of previous property owned
A FUCKING GOOGLE MAPS AERIAL PHOTO OF THEIR HOUSE

^^^WITHOUT PAYING ANYTHING.

HERE’S what they apparently let you see if you pay a very small monthly fee of $4-$5:

Full Phone Number
Email Address
Full Mailing Address
Family Member Names (and therefore the potential to look THEM up too)
Marital Status
Occupation
Education
Full addresses of previous property owned

LINK TO PETITION: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/close-site-spokeo-and-erase-all-peoples-information-it/JB2tgvM6

Please bug friends, neighbors, family, reblog, etc! This site needs to go down.

Here's a link on how to get rid of your info on Spokeo: http://www.coolmomtech.com/2012/09/how_to_get_your_personal_information_off_spokeo.php
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