Scary Google feature

  1. I tried this myself, and it does work:


    Beware the New Google Feature!

    www.google.com

    Type your home telephone number into Google's search bar & click the search button . . . MapQuest returns with a physical location of your phone number.

    People could use this feature to locate your home address, and receive explicit directions on how to get there from anywhere in the country.

    You can remove your name off this database

    To do this: Type in your full phone number -- using dashes -- like this: 555-123-4567.

    If your number appears in the mapping database, an icon resembling a telephone will appear to left of the entry on the results page.

    Click on this icon and it will take you to a page containing a description of the service, and a link to request your number be removed!

    Recheck your phone # to be sure it has been removed. Also, if you have children, please check their phone # too!

    This is another example of invasion of privacy, isn't it?
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  2. 58 Comments

  3. by   MissdonditaBsn
    Geez, thanks for the information. I can't believe that. I have already removed myself from the list.
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    ack!
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by MissdonditaBsn
    Geez, thanks for the information. I can't believe that. I have already removed myself from the list.
    how?
  6. by   k123456
    Message deleted. No response necessary.
    Last edit by k123456 on Mar 8, '04
  7. by   fab4fan
    sunny: The instructions on how to remove your number are in the post.


    You can remove your name off this database

    To do this: Type in your full phone number -- using dashes -- like this: 555-123-4567.

    If your number appears in the mapping database, an icon resembling a telephone will appear to left of the entry on the results page.

    Click on this icon and it will take you to a page containing a description of the service, and a link to request your number be removed!

    Recheck your phone # to be sure it has been removed. Also, if you have children, please check their phone # too!
  8. by   Rustyhammer
    That is sooo cool!
    -Russell
  9. by   RNinICU
    Didn't work for me. Maybe because my phone number is unlisted.
    Last edit by RNinICU on Mar 29, '03
  10. by   sunnygirl272
    thanks fab4..didn't read far enough... removed ours and mom's...
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    I wish I could put my number here so that you guys could see where in the boonies I live.
    -R
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    umm...you are removing your numbers??
    Then the feature wont work for you.
    -R
  13. by   cindyln
    my number doesn't show up on their database,maybe I live too far out in the boonies for them.
    Last edit by cindyln on Mar 28, '03
  14. by   deespoohbear
    Wow, that is scary. Our exact street wasn't mapped out but it sure told you how to get to the nearest town. And it wouldn't take an Einstein to figure out the rest.... Got our number removed. Checked back and it was removed.

    Fab4, would you mind if I cut & pasted your letter in for an e-mail to my family and friends to warn them about this?

    Thanks for the heads-up....

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