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It's impressive, scary to see what a Zaba search can do
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4-15-2005 | David Lazarus

Posted on 04/15/2005 10:15:58 AM PDT by Cagey

Everything that's great and everything that's frightening about the Internet can be summed up in a single word.

Zaba.

That's Zaba as in ZabaSearch.com, a so-called people search site that allows you to quickly track down the whereabouts of just about anyone, free of charge.

There are already numerous people search resources online, varying widely in reliability and fees.

(There's also an interesting story about the people behind ZabaSearch and the notorious mass suicide in Southern California involving the Heaven's Gate cult. But we'll get back to that.)

What makes ZabaSearch great is that, at no cost, it quickly and comprehensively places a remarkable amount of data about people right at your fingertips.

What makes ZabaSearch frightening is that, at no cost, it quickly and comprehensively places a remarkable amount of data about people right at your fingertips.

"It's extremely troubling," said Gail Hillebrand, a staff attorney with Consumers Union in San Francisco.

"It's a fundamental invasion of privacy because they've put all these records together and give them away for nothing instead of keeping them separate and making people pay to get them."

Robert Zakari, ZabaSearch's president, told me the service was quietly unveiled on Feb. 28 without any marketing or publicity. All traffic since then has been exclusively through word of mouth.

Once people discover the site, Zakari said, they typically begin hunting for old girlfriends or boyfriends, former classmates or military pals.

"It's all about making contact," he said. "It's addictive."

It's also in the eyes of some a threat to people's privacy and safety.

"Think what this could mean for anyone with a stalker problem or a restraining-order issue," said Hillebrand at Consumers Union.

But Zakari countered that ZabaSearch represents only "a natural evolution of technology."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: privacy; zabasearch; zorba
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I wasn't surprised they had my address down pat, but my birth date? Geeze, I AM old.
1 posted on 04/15/2005 10:15:58 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey
Well, it had two of my former addresses and my name attached to my brother's current and past address (???) Nothing current. I'd say it isn't ready for prime time just yet...
2 posted on 04/15/2005 10:18:58 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Violence never settles anything." Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
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To: Cagey

bump


3 posted on 04/15/2005 10:21:25 AM PDT by RippleFire ("It's a joke, son!")
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To: Cagey

Wow, no matches for me.


4 posted on 04/15/2005 10:41:06 AM PDT by Darksheare (Restrain the duck, he'll tell us all he knows once he's plucked. -Chief Interrogator Bluejay)
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To: Calpernia; Velveeta; DAVEY CROCKETT; WestCoastGal; jerseygirl; appalachian_dweller; Tuba Guy; ...

Ping


5 posted on 04/15/2005 10:45:45 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Airspeed, altitude, or brains. Two are required to successfully complete a flight.)
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To: Darksheare

You exist only on Freerepublic. Any other memories outside of this realm were put there in a grand conspiracy by the Bush Administration.


6 posted on 04/15/2005 10:46:19 AM PDT by Americanchild
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To: Americanchild

LOL!

I'm a figment of everyone's imagineation, including my own.
*chuckle*


7 posted on 04/15/2005 10:50:29 AM PDT by Darksheare (Restrain the duck, he'll tell us all he knows once he's plucked. -Chief Interrogator Bluejay)
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To: Cagey

Very odd. My address and phone # came up under a name with a middle initial that I never use. Meanwhile my real name and middle initial came up with someone else's info.


8 posted on 04/15/2005 10:53:21 AM PDT by Alouette (If I owned Hell and I owned Brooklyn, I'd live in Hell and rent out Brooklyn.)
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To: Cagey

mark for searching ;)


9 posted on 04/15/2005 10:53:47 AM PDT by Deetes (Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick)
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To: kb2614

Weird. I typed in my maiden name and it said I lived at your house.


10 posted on 04/15/2005 10:59:38 AM PDT by meowmeow (Gardeners for Global Warming)
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To: Cagey
"It's a fundamental invasion of privacy because they've put all these records together and give them away for nothing instead of keeping them separate and making people pay to get them."

Yeah, as long as only the government can do this, it's OK. In the hands of the serfs, it could be dangerous.

11 posted on 04/15/2005 11:04:56 AM PDT by eno_ (Freedom Lite - it's almost worth defending.)
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To: Cagey

bookmark ping


12 posted on 04/15/2005 11:08:07 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (This tagline is Bush's fault.)
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To: Cagey
This is the one and only time I bless my parents for gifting me with an exceedingly common name. If someone wants to sort through the 6,000+ matches that are found with my name and state, they can go right ahead!!
13 posted on 04/15/2005 11:11:18 AM PDT by brothers4thID (I have knocked on door of this man's soul- and found someone home.)
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To: Cagey

They got my info right too.
I was glad to see that my unlisted phone number is... unlisted.


14 posted on 04/15/2005 11:11:38 AM PDT by Constitution Day (So many kooks. So little time.)
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To: Constitution Day

The site asked me for a credit card to process my request.

Not exactly free.


15 posted on 04/15/2005 11:14:27 AM PDT by LibWrangler
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To: LibWrangler

I think just the search is free.
I did not click the "Background Check" link.


16 posted on 04/15/2005 11:15:40 AM PDT by Constitution Day (So many kooks. So little time.)
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To: Cagey

It's nice to know that I still have a fair amount of anonymity. It didn't turn up anything on me without some serious hinting.


17 posted on 04/15/2005 11:18:39 AM PDT by Redcloak (But what do I know? I'm just a right-wing nut in his PJs whackin' on a keyboard..)
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To: Cagey
It is good to see that my unlisted phone number is still...unlisted.

:-)
18 posted on 04/15/2005 11:18:45 AM PDT by cgbg (Fire the Trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund with no money in it!)
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To: Cagey

Looks like the free information costs $20.


19 posted on 04/15/2005 11:19:22 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Cagey

It found several Fred Flintstones.


20 posted on 04/15/2005 11:29:46 AM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops)
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To: Cagey

Holy Moly! I put my name in to test it AND it brings up all my family member with THEIR data?


21 posted on 04/15/2005 11:31:42 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Darksheare

same here...I'm "persona non grata".


kewel


22 posted on 04/15/2005 11:31:49 AM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: Americanchild

I would be laughing at that right now if I wasn't so shocked by the search returns I got.


23 posted on 04/15/2005 11:32:51 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Cagey

Yep, found 'em all.


24 posted on 04/15/2005 11:36:25 AM PDT by cloud8 (I don’t do carrots. --John Bolton)
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To: taxed2death

LOL!
We're invisible!


26 posted on 04/15/2005 11:53:44 AM PDT by Darksheare (Restrain the duck, he'll tell us all he knows once he's plucked. -Chief Interrogator Bluejay)
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To: Cagey

It messed up my address...


27 posted on 04/15/2005 12:26:49 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† || Iran Azadi || Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?)
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To: Cagey

It lists a friend who passed away several years ago.


28 posted on 04/15/2005 12:28:09 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† || Iran Azadi || Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?)
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To: Cagey

They have me listed at 4 addresses (none of which are correct, though 2 were correct, though incomplete, at one time) and a wrong birthdate.

I'm beginning to wonder if the only way to safeguard your privacy is to do at least the following three things:

1. Get a voice mail service and give out that number only anytime you give out a number to anyone other than friends/family.
2. Get a mail box at a Mail Boxes etc. and do the same thing as in 1.
3. Register an assumed name form with the county, and conduct as much of your business as you can that way. Yes, its public record, but no one will think of it.

Also, there are books on Amazon about how to disappear. I'm not really interested in doing that, but I'm guessing it may have enough collateral information on safeguarding your privacy to be worth it.


29 posted on 04/15/2005 12:34:56 PM PDT by 1L
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To: TonyRo76

Every LEO with a terminal in his squad car has access to this, plus ALL your real estate and financial assets, on demand, any time.

Welcome to the soft cage.


30 posted on 04/15/2005 1:14:20 PM PDT by eno_ (Freedom Lite - it's almost worth defending.)
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To: Darksheare

Search using this method (all small letters)

mary jones
mary d jones
mary d t jones
jones mary
jones mary d
jones mary d t
jones m d
jones m d t


31 posted on 04/15/2005 1:20:21 PM PDT by B4Ranch ("Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to report every illegal alien that you meet.")
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To: eno_

It is in the hands of the serfs.


32 posted on 04/15/2005 1:21:18 PM PDT by B4Ranch ("Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to report every illegal alien that you meet.")
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To: B4Ranch

Still zip.
*sigh*


33 posted on 04/15/2005 1:26:36 PM PDT by Darksheare (Restrain the duck, he'll tell us all he knows once he's plucked. -Chief Interrogator Bluejay)
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To: Cagey

Hah. I searched myself. They were not very good. They had me listed twice. First was my old address in a previous marriage. Second was the apartment I lived at when I originally moved out. I have lived in three other addresses in that same town since then and they cought none of them, including my current address where I have been for over two years. And the only phone number they had was from the house I lived at for 20 years in the previous marriage.

Not impressed - yet.


34 posted on 04/15/2005 1:31:53 PM PDT by RobRoy (Child support and maintenence (alimony) are what we used to call indentured slavery)
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To: Cagey

It doesn't work very well with firefox. The hypertext links don't work. I have to use IE to use them.


35 posted on 04/15/2005 1:37:48 PM PDT by RobRoy (Child support and maintenence (alimony) are what we used to call indentured slavery)
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To: cjshapi

Cool! I don't show up in any of their searches! I'm a complete non-entity as far as the powers-that-be are concerned.


36 posted on 04/15/2005 1:39:13 PM PDT by Junior (“Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are still 6,000 others just like you.”)
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To: cjshapi

I take that back. I did show up when I narrowed it down. Rats!


37 posted on 04/15/2005 1:41:03 PM PDT by Junior (“Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are still 6,000 others just like you.”)
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To: Cagey
MUHAHAHAHA! There is no William T. Drill listed anywhere!

Now, if that were only my real name...

38 posted on 04/15/2005 1:43:32 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Junior

Hell's bells, I didn't know there were so many of me! Down to the middle initial.

But those stupid little Zabas don't know everything. That's my old address, phone, etc.


39 posted on 04/15/2005 1:50:54 PM PDT by cjshapi
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To: Cagey
They haven't got me and I serve in town government. I am also a Justice of the Peace and my name appears as a public record on dozens of marriage licenses. I even put in some of the more common misspellings.
40 posted on 04/15/2005 2:19:34 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopeckne is walking around free)
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To: Darksheare

LOL Some folks just aren't leaving trails behind them. Do your feet touch the floor?


41 posted on 04/15/2005 2:35:27 PM PDT by B4Ranch ("Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to report every illegal alien that you meet.")
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To: LibWrangler

I wonder who runs this site and if it's legit. Would hate to give a card # to some George Soreass front group or something.


42 posted on 04/15/2005 2:43:31 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (The MRS wanted to go to an expensive place to eat so I took her to the gas station.)
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To: Cagey

"Here's looking up your old address."


43 posted on 04/15/2005 2:45:41 PM PDT by dfwgator (Minutemen: Just doing the jobs that American politicians won't do.)
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To: B4Ranch

*looking downward*

I am touching the floor.
What's it mean when I can see the floor through my feet?

I know I've left a bit of a footprint behind.
Strange that the search thingy didn't find it.
I'm almost disappointed.


44 posted on 04/15/2005 2:56:35 PM PDT by Darksheare (Restrain the duck, he'll tell us all he knows once he's plucked. -Chief Interrogator Bluejay)
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To: brothers4thID

"This is the one and only time I bless my parents for gifting me with an exceedingly common name."

I have a very uncommon name, like as in every person with my last name is some kind of relative. Caught some I was totally unaware of. Did find an old buddy that I'd lost track of. I wonder who else I can track down?


45 posted on 04/15/2005 3:16:37 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (The Good News of the Gospel of Christ really is Good News!)
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To: Cagey
"It's extremely troubling," said Gail Hillebrand, a staff attorney with Consumers Union in San Francisco.

"It's a fundamental invasion of privacy because they've put all these records together and give them away for nothing instead of keeping them separate and making people pay to get them."

Liberal idiots say the stuipidist things.

46 posted on 04/15/2005 3:21:30 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I have a big truck)
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To: Cagey

Not too impressive. It has my current address and old phone number (I switched to my unlisted second line and dropped the first when I got a cable modem) and it has my last address.

That's it. I can find this same information at other sites.


47 posted on 04/15/2005 3:24:30 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I have a big truck)
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To: Cagey

It couldn't find my name. :-)


48 posted on 04/15/2005 3:51:01 PM PDT by k2blader (Immorality bites.)
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To: Cagey
I am nowhere to be found. My dad (I'm a junior) is there but not me. Helps that I've always had an unlisted telephone number and a po box.

People I wish to correspond with know where to find me.

49 posted on 04/15/2005 3:58:32 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Cagey

HA! I'm not even listed...


50 posted on 04/15/2005 8:03:59 PM PDT by DameAutour
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