The Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, containing information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.
The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Globetechnology: Startup helps control personal info on Web:
"...The practice of typing your name into an Internet search engine and seeing what pops up is now common, but the results can be unpredictable. The Internet holds surprising amounts of personal information between its ever-expanding corners, and some of it may be outdated, inaccurate or embarrassing.
ZoomInfo's computers have compiled individual Web profiles of 25 million people, summarizing what the Web publicly says about each person. The service, launched Monday, allows Web surfers to search for their profile, then change it for free...."
It looks like it scrapes the internet for information about people and compiles it into one handy-dandy place. I put in my name and was surprised about what it had to say about me. Thankfully, most of it was positive, but it was also a bit scary. I put my wife's name and it knew all about her too, based on media interview she had done at the beginning of the year. It says you can control what is in it, but I doubt too many people will use that feature. I also wonder how they authenticate people. Can they tell the two hundred David Frasers apart?
You can even look up by "company". The Central Intelligence Agency may have some concerns about this ... ZoomInfo Search: central intelligence agency. Or the National Security Agency ... ZoomInfo Search: national security agency.
Labels: information breaches
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