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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Safety Issue with Your Phone Number and Google

Google has a feature which enables you to type a telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and you will be given the person's name and address. If you then hit MapQuest, you will get a map to the person's house. It's a nationwide reverse telephone book. If a child gives out their phone number, someone could look it up to find out where they live. This is an obvious safety issue.

You can have your phone number removed or blocked from this. You just fill out the removal form. In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to:
Type your phone number in the search bar and hit enter.
If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then click on & fill out the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours.
Check your own number(s).
This may not apply to you if you have an unlisted number or cell phone as primary contact, but you should check.
Please share this information with friends and family.

(Thank you Uncle Phil for send this along. I knew about it but had forgotten all about it.)


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