Wow...this makes online dating even LESS appealing!

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Wow...this makes online dating even LESS appealing!
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Sun, 10-16-2011 - 8:21pm

Not only do online daters have to deal with creeps, married guys, and guys just after sex, now Google has made stalking even easier.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sun, 10-16-2011 - 8:48pm

Write your congressperson!

dragowoman

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Registered: 09-12-2005
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 12:26am

Oh Jeez ! Thanks for sharing !!!

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Registered: 03-13-2011
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 1:02am
As a result of image search Google isn't presenting any information that isn't already freely available on the web. Images are simply another way of cataloging and indexing information. As such I don't think it can be considered an invasion of privacy the way releasing private information would.

I actually gave it a try and it worked fabulously. It pulled up a bunch of links from an image alone. Fabuloso ! I have been a sworn Google user since 1999 when Google was the best search engine no one had heard of, and even today they continue to amaze at how good they are.
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 8:01am

"Freely available" is not the same thing as easily searchable.

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Registered: 01-25-2000
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 12:09pm

You can hardly blame Google for this.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 1:55pm

Data mining in common and disturbing.

dragowoman

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Registered: 01-25-2000
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 2:20pm
I think in the near future, you'll be able to take a pic of a person in any public place with your IPhone, and have an app that immediately brings up his name, age, marital status, income, legal history (did he ever sue anybody), family members, etc. Daters of the future will be eager to use this app. Whether it is overall a good thing or a bad thing is irrelevant (I think overall that transparency is good). It's on the way.
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Registered: 05-14-1999
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 5:51pm
This is why I don't Facebook, and why I deleted my myspace profile years ago. I'll also occasionally google myself, and if websites like Mylife have me on there, I'll send them a friendly email letting them know that they need to remove the information. Someone needs to create a company where a person can go to the site, put in all of their personal info, and pay a small fee to remain anonymous on the web.
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Mon, 10-17-2011 - 7:19pm
I have googled myself and haven't found anything current. There are very old addresses, but that's it. I'm always cautious of sending "opt out" emails because some of them just confirm that a real person is at that address.

I absolutely do not think having everything out there for everyone to know is a good thing. We do have a right to privacy, and when a company we don't know publishes our information, there should be something illegal about it! (I know that's not what the article is about, but it is an extension of it.)
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Registered: 10-20-2011
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 4:41am
this type of thing has been progressing for the past 10-20 years. I'm still amazed at the amount of info people put about their personal lives into social media forums!