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Scary - Google will let anyone find you - Scary Privacy Invasion
March 2003 | Unk

Posted on 03/20/2003 10:46:08 AM PST by 30-06 Springfield

Go to www.google.com then type in your phone number (separated by hyphens, including area code) and click on Google Search. If your phone number is listed it will show your name and address and give you two map options. Yahoo and MapQuest. See how accurate the map is to your home. VERY SCARY!!!

Any person wishing to discover the physical location of a phone number, be it a home or business address, could use this feature to locate a physical street address, and receive directions on how to get there from anywhere in the country. In the age of the internet communication we all know the dangers of this - for adults and CHILDREN!

Google has made available an option that will allow anyone to REMOVE their telephone number from the database that is linked to the mapping feature.

You will first need to check if your number is listed in this manner by attempting a search-entering your full telephone number separated by dashes (e.g. 555-555-5555). If the number appears in the mapping database, an icon resembling a telephone will appear next to the first or second entry on the results page. Clicking on this icon will take you to a page containing a description of the service, and a link to request your number be removed from the database.

So far unlisted numbers and cell phone numbers, do not show up.


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I tried it and it took me right to my house. There is a link to get removed from the database. I wondeer how many other search engines out there have this same capability.
1 posted on 03/20/2003 10:46:09 AM PST by 30-06 Springfield
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To: 30-06 Springfield
There have been search engines like this for at least 6 years or more.

One of the thousands of reasons not to have a land line.

Pick up the book "How to be Invisible" if this stuff bothers you. Most Americans live in a fishbowl.

2 posted on 03/20/2003 10:47:59 AM PST by AdamSelene235 (Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear.)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
It's the same thing as a reverse directory, been around for years, Google just makes it easier to use.

That's why you need to keep your number unlisted.
3 posted on 03/20/2003 10:49:21 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Doesn't work for unlisted numbers.
4 posted on 03/20/2003 10:50:17 AM PST by Eala
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To: 30-06 Springfield
This has been in Big Book and other engines for some time. You can find by name, or by number. If you're unlisted, you're not there. If not, join the club.

But if you put b4its2late in there, you still won't find me.... :-)

5 posted on 03/20/2003 10:50:38 AM PST by b4its2late (Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark!)
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To: AdamSelene235
Cut to a wide-angle shot of hedgerows, fields and trees. Voice Over (John Cleese): In this picture there are forty people. None of them can be seen. In this film we hope to show you how not to be seen.
(Caption on screen: 'HM GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC SERVICE FILM NO. 42 PARA 6. "HOW NOT TO BE SEEN"')

Voice Over: In this film we hope to show how not to be seen. This is Mr. E.R. Bradshaw of Napier Court, Black Lion Road London SE5. He can not be seen. Now I am going to ask him to stand up. Mr. Bradshaw will you stand up please

In the distance Mr Bradshaw stands up. There is a loud gunshot as Mr Bradshaw is shot in the stomach. He crumples to the ground

Voice Over: This demonstrates the value of not being seen.

Cut to another location - an empty area of scrubland

Voice Over: In this picture we canot see Mrs. B.J. Smegma of 13, The Cresent, Belmont. Mrs Smegma will you stand up please.

To the right of the area Mrs Smegma stands up. A gunshot rings out, and Mrs. Smegma leaps into the air, and falls to the ground dead. Cut to another area, however this time there is a bush in the middle

Voice Over: This is Mr Nesbitt of Harlow New Town. Mr Nesbit would you stand up please. (after a pause - nothing happens)Mr Nesbitt has learnt the value of not being seen. However he has chosen a very obvious piece of cover.

The bush explodes and you hear a muffled scream. Cut to another scene with three bushes

Voice Over: Mr. E.V. Lambert of Homeleigh, The Burrows, Oswestly, has presented us with a poser. We do not know which bush he is behind, but we can soon find out. (the left-hand bush explodes, then the right-hand bush explodes, and then the middle bush explodes. There is a muffled scream as Mr. Lambert is blown up) Yes it was the middle one.

Cut to a shot of a farmland area with a water butt, a wall, a pile of leaves, a bushy tree, a parked car, and lots of bushes in the distance

Voice Over: Mr Ken Andrews, of Leighton Road, Slough has concealed himself extremely well. He could be almost anywhere. He could be behind the wall, inside the water barrel, beneath a pile of leaves, up in the tree, squatting down behind the car, concealed in a hollow, or crouched behind any one of a hundred bushes. However we happen to know he's in the water barrel.

The water barrel just blows up in a huge explosion. Cut to a panning shot from the beach huts to beach accross the sea

Voice Over: Mr. and Mrs. Watson of Ivy Cottage, Worplesdon Road, Hull, chose a very cunning way of not being seen. When we called at their house, we found that they had gone away on two weeks holiday. They had not left any forwading address, and they had bolted and barred the house to prevent us from getting in. However a neighbour told us where there were.

The camera pans around and stops on a obvious looking hut, which blows up. Cut to a house with a gumby standing out front

Voice Over: And here is the neighbour (he blows up, leaving just his boots. Cut to a shack in the desert) Here is where he lived (shack blows up - cut to a building) And this is where Lord Langdin lived who refused to speak to us (it blows up). so did the gentleman who lived here....(shot of a house - it blows up) and here.....(another building blows up) and of course here.....(a series of various atom and hydrogen bombs at the moment of impact)


6 posted on 03/20/2003 10:51:07 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Eala
Yup, this is why I pay extra for unlisted, unpublished.
7 posted on 03/20/2003 10:51:27 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Reverse lookup has been around forever.
8 posted on 03/20/2003 10:52:08 AM PST by m1911
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Oh Brother. You just found this out? Go to Yahoo people search, and you can do the same thing for Petes sake. This has been up for years already.
9 posted on 03/20/2003 10:52:14 AM PST by crz
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To: Eala
Doesn't work for unlisted numbers.

I know. :)

10 posted on 03/20/2003 10:52:29 AM PST by Constitution Day (It's "MISSILES"... not "MISSLES", dammit!)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Yeah, been doing stuff like this since about 96/97, when I first got on the net. Yahoo, alta vista, 411, about a dozen other sites used to have stuff like this. Search by, last name, e-mail address, street name, phone number, its all just a few clicks away, and has been for years.
11 posted on 03/20/2003 10:53:01 AM PST by machman
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12 posted on 03/20/2003 10:53:25 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Well, I found out who has my old phone # from LA, and where he lives. Another reason to have unlisted numbers. My current # does not show up.
13 posted on 03/20/2003 10:53:35 AM PST by Citizen of the Savage Nation (France and Germany have elected the way of pain)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
If it makes you feel any beter, I just found out about it. I ahd no idea...
14 posted on 03/20/2003 10:55:14 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross ((no more movies anymore))
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Ouch
15 posted on 03/20/2003 10:55:41 AM PST by OldFriend
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Well, if you're silly enough to have your address listed in the phone book, anyone who has either your name or your phone number will be able to get your address and directions to your house by using any online phone directory and then plugging the address into any online map/directions site. And they can get your name by standing behind you in the checkout line at a store when you whip out your credit card to buy something they'd like to steal from your house.

Naturally, I do not have my address listed in phone company directories (though I do have my name and phone number listed), and never have. Can't fathom why anybody does. Searching my phone number on Google brings up my name and town -- after that, anyone who wants to find me will have to call me and convince me to give them directions.
16 posted on 03/20/2003 10:56:40 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
Found out who had my son's number previously......and found out that my daughter's number is not in there........thankfully! But this explains a lot!
17 posted on 03/20/2003 10:57:17 AM PST by OldFriend
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To: 30-06 Springfield
It does not work that well. I typed in my phone number, which we have had for 1.5 years and some other person's name came up along with the city, but no address for the previous owner of this phone number
18 posted on 03/20/2003 10:57:42 AM PST by eeman
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Nice title. It's one of the many, many phone number databases. So what? Wearing a tin-foil hat?
19 posted on 03/20/2003 10:58:06 AM PST by Macaw
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To: 30-06 Springfield
It's all part of being on the internet. If you don't want this stuff, do not go online, and only use a cell phone. Otherwise, that's part of living in the 21st century.
20 posted on 03/20/2003 10:58:22 AM PST by stuartcr
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To: 30-06 Springfield
I tried to find Saddam's number here. It just said "up."
21 posted on 03/20/2003 10:58:34 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Eala
Doesn't work for unlisted numbers.

Apparently it does if your phone number has been placed in any internet database, such as an online job search or a classified ad.

22 posted on 03/20/2003 10:59:36 AM PST by P-Marlowe
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To: 30-06 Springfield
How is this different from the phone book or 411?
23 posted on 03/20/2003 11:01:08 AM PST by SeeRushToldU_So ( Something witty, etc, etc....)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Heee heee heee,

I've had my "new" number for a year now. Google search shows the wrong person's name at the wrong address. Must be the old owner of the number.

24 posted on 03/20/2003 11:01:52 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: ElkGroveDan; Eala; b4its2late; Black Agnes; Constitution Day; Citizen of the Savage Nation; ...
A partial listing is a good option for those who want people to be able to look up their phone number to call them. Name and phone number only -- town or city can be derived from the phone number, but nobody can pay a visit to your house when all they started out with was your name or phone number.
25 posted on 03/20/2003 11:02:16 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: dfwgator
I wonder how many Freepers know what a Gumby is? :-)
26 posted on 03/20/2003 11:03:34 AM PST by 6323cd
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To: 30-06 Springfield
You can also type street address, city, state into Google, and you get a link to a street map to the address. Old stuff.
27 posted on 03/20/2003 11:05:08 AM PST by PatrickHenry (Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.)
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To: AdamSelene235
I understand that Paladin Press in Boulder has a broad selection of these kinds of reading materials.....for educational purposes.
28 posted on 03/20/2003 11:07:05 AM PST by softengine
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To: AdamSelene235
'Pick up the book "How to be Invisible" if this stuff bothers you.'

I looked for this title at my favorite bookstore, but when I got to the shelf where it was supposed to be, there was nothing there. ;^)

(I agree, this is a serious matter.)

29 posted on 03/20/2003 11:10:50 AM PST by Middle Man
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Wow, it's just like the phone book, if anyone comes to my house looking for me I will shoot them. I'm in that kind of a mood.
30 posted on 03/20/2003 11:13:52 AM PST by angcat
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To: Diogenesis
Ping....Hey, are you reading this one?... You're there, as well as me.
31 posted on 03/20/2003 11:14:57 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: 30-06 Springfield
I tried it with my phone number.

Shows my name -- but not my address.

Good move on my part several years ago. I insisted that the Phone Company NOT LIST my address in the Phone Book.

Think about it. I have my phone number listed -- but NOT MY ADDRESS. I can be reached by phone but not in person or by mail......

32 posted on 03/20/2003 11:16:05 AM PST by i_dont_chat
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Didn't work for me.
34 posted on 03/20/2003 11:17:10 AM PST by Poohbah (Beware the fury of a patient man -- John Dryden)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
When I type in my number it comes up with the right street address, but wrong city and zip code. The map looks nice, but it’s about five miles off. This is an “unlisted” number, btw, so maybe that’s why the zip (and consequently the city that zip belongs to) is wrong.
35 posted on 03/20/2003 11:18:33 AM PST by thatsnotnice
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To: Constitution Day
I tried 867-5309.
36 posted on 03/20/2003 11:25:35 AM PST by stainlessbanner (Couldn't resist!)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Phone books, Property tax rolls, building permits, drivers licenses, H.S. graduation lists of your kids, ad infinitum. Public records are public records. If anyone wants to find you they will. The internet just saves the footwork that used to get PI's called gumshoes.
37 posted on 03/20/2003 11:30:01 AM PST by templar
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To: P-Marlowe
Okay, I'm one of the unthinking masses. Never realized this stuff was online.
38 posted on 03/20/2003 11:34:40 AM PST by baseballmom
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To: stainlessbanner
I tried 867-5309.

Jenny, Jenny, who can I turn to?

39 posted on 03/20/2003 11:35:46 AM PST by Constitution Day (It's "MISSILES"... not "MISSLES", dammit!)
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To: 6323cd
"I'm Gumby dammit, I'm show business."
40 posted on 03/20/2003 11:42:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: stainlessbanner
And where, pray tell is Jenny?
41 posted on 03/20/2003 11:43:00 AM PST by hobbes1 (The Disarmament of the Iraqi Regime has Begun....)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
This is nothing new. 40 years ago I remember the "Blue Book". I could look up any published listing by telephone number, address, or name.
Anytime you opt to let your local phone company publish your information it is then open to the public in any way.
If you do not go for unlisted number, you can probably have them not post your address.
42 posted on 03/20/2003 11:43:14 AM PST by AlexW
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To: 30-06 Springfield
And to think, back in the old days you actually needed a phonebook and a city map to do the exact same thing. Amazing our society has survived this terible threat.
43 posted on 03/20/2003 11:49:14 AM PST by discostu (I have not yet begun to drink)
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Read Later
44 posted on 03/20/2003 11:53:42 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: 30-06 Springfield
lolol....before the internet there were "Coles" and "Polk" directories that did the same thing.
45 posted on 03/20/2003 11:57:08 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: 30-06 Springfield
Yikes. I just tried it.

Nothing showed for my number because it's unlisted.

I looked up a friend's listed number, and voila, name, address, maps...
46 posted on 03/20/2003 11:58:07 AM PST by k2blader (If one good thing can be said about the UN, it is that it taught me how to spell “irrelevant.”)
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To: Black Agnes
Yup, this is why I pay extra for unlisted, unpublished.

Just think, privacy used to be free.

47 posted on 03/20/2003 12:31:41 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: aimhigh
Yup.
48 posted on 03/20/2003 12:32:21 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: 30-06 Springfield
My phone number does not come up, but one thing that was eerie to me was typing in my FR name a few weeks ago....
49 posted on 03/20/2003 12:40:47 PM PST by MarMema
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To: 30-06 Springfield
you have to be listed in the phone book...i tried mine and its not there but my friends who are listed are there!!!!
50 posted on 03/20/2003 12:56:55 PM PST by fishbabe
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