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Well, basically this title attracted my attention: How to Do an Online Background Check for Free. I had to try it with myself. So I started, following the sites and suggestions in the article:
I clicked on the first link and landed on 9 Sites That Find People and Their 'Sensitive' Information – cool. Let’s try them:
So, I went back to the initial article and am trying my luck there as they have a few good links:
And then I started to skip the rest.
It was kind of interesting to see: Probably if you live in the US, the amount of public information available on the web is huge. If you are living in Europe, it immediately becomes much harder as we handle privacy differently. That you can get access to an address – if you decide to make your phone number public, which you do not have to – is kind of obvious (well, why? If you are looking for a phone number you do not need the address…) but criminal records? Come on…
If you look me up at Bing, you get something around 2300 entries, which is obvious as I blog, I speak at public events, I use Twitter etc. but the whole rest at least if partly hidden. I try hard as well that there are no public pictures of my kids on the web… That’s not necessary.
Anyway, that was an interesting experience to me.