DENVER, CO, December 03, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A study conducted in 2000 by BusinessWeek/Harris Poll
suggests that 86 percent of Internet users want a website to obtain consent before that site begins collecting personal information, such as a person's name or address. Even so, sites like Radaris routinely scrape personal information from so-called "public" sources, and the site administrators publish that information for all to see. Thankfully, InternetReputation.com has a new solution that can help.
The Radaris Risk
Users who pop on the Radaris website can run a basic search using a person's first and last name. The results provide little more than a collection of basic facts, including:
- Cities and states in which the person has lived
- Links to social media sites the person may be using
- Links to news articles that contain some variant of the person's name
- Names of other people the person in question might know
This kind of information can be damaging for people who want to keep their public and private lives separate. With just a few keystrokes, their online enemies can find out where they live, which may allow a virtual argument to become physical.
Those who choose to sign up for an advanced Radaris account, however, can access even more robust data, including information about the person's phone numbers, criminal records, court cases and marital status.
"This is the kind of information our clients find most distressing, as much of it is just inaccurate," says an InternetReputation.com representative. "It doesn't seem that Radaris has any kind of fact-checking apparatus, and many of our clients have been linked to crimes they didn't commit or property records that just don't apply to them. This kind of mistake can cost people their jobs, and it's incredibly hard to work with the Radaris system to get that information removed."
Lack of Options
The Radaris website does publicize a removal option, which seems to provide people with the opportunity to delete information about their private lives. However, the website clearly state
s that all information provided on the site is collected by database administrators. Even email addresses are recorded.
"While we applaud the website for being so forthcoming about the data collected, this raises some huge alarm bells for us," says an InternetReputation.com representative. "It seems to suggest, in fact, that people who provide their information for removal purposes might be providing data that could later show up on searches for their names. Clients of ours who have used this form for help have actually made their problems worse."
It's well-known, too, that Radaris doesn't take consumer complaints seriously. The site currently has an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau
, due to its lack of interest in resolving consumer complaints (among other reasons). This seems to suggest that site administrators just don't care about the harm they do, and working with them seems defeatist, as a result.
Leaving the information in place on Radaris isn't a good option, as that kind of public disclosure could lead to very real and serious consequences. For example, the Pew Research Center
suggests that 21 percent of adults who go online have had either an email account or a social media account taken over by someone else, and a whopping 11 percent have had credit card information or bank account data stolen. Since theft is so prevalent, and errors on Radaris are so rampant, consumers just must take action to keep their private lives private and free of the Radaris taint.
The new solution from InternetReputation.com can wipe away records from Radaris in mere minutes, and the programmers follow up that work with intense monitoring, just to ensure that removed records don't make another appearance at a later date. Professional writers can even craft winning blog posts and press releases, so internet searches for a person's name bring back only positive data. This comprehensive solution could be just what people attacked by Radaris need in order to get back on track.
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