Thursday, August 09, 2007

Love you, Google, but you might want to re-think this one

An email I received today:

Google has implemented a new feature that enables you to type a telephone number into the search bar, hit “Enter,” and you will be given the person's name and address. If you then hit “Map,” you will get a map to the person's house. It's a new nationwide reverse telephone book.

While this may be helpful, there are safety issues. For example, if anyone gets your phone number, someone can now look it up to find out where you live. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming.

Note that you can have your phone number removed or blocked. I tried my number and it came up along with the map quest and directions straight to my home.

To test whether your phone number is mapped, go to Google at Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e. 212-555-5555) and hit “Enter.” If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then click on the “Removal Form.” Removal takes 48 hours.

Check your own number, as this may not apply to you if you have an unlisted number or cell phone as primary contact.

Please share this information with friends and FAMILY .

I tested it with every home number I have stored in my phone. It works.


Hot Toddy said...

Looks like I may finally get a stalker after all! Hooray!!

Jess said...

Didn't work too well on mapping where we are.