May 3, 2005
Dear CNET members,
I want you to do something: go to ZabaSearch.com, type in your name, and see what comes up. Are you shocked at the search results? Or are you not surprised? While this type of search is nothing new on the Internet, what surprises me is how simple it is to obtain my information--but then again, you can also pick up the phone book. Usually, people searches require some effort and hoops to jump through before you finally get to your info, but this search was a piece of cake! Does this type of search cause concern for you? Are we personally to blame for this public information (think back to the last time you filled out an entry form for a contest)? Where should the line be drawn when it comes to revealing this type of information about ourselves? I know you probably have a lot to say, but before you start typing away to share your thoughts on this topic, read up on the latest column by editor Tom Merritt's "Pick your battles with Internet privacy," check out what other community members have to say about, then lay down your two cents in TalkBack.
This week's hot topic:
Battles with Internet privacy
You had lots to say after reading the latest Real Deal column. While sharing many of your Internet privacy concerns, many of you said this is nothing new. Here are some of the more interesting opinions you gave.
Privacy outweighs convenience
CNET member frankd1732 is concerned with how easy it is to find addresses and unlisted phone numbers with sites such as ZabaSearch. He reasons that the easy access makes it that much more inviting for ne'er-do-wells to harass anyone and everyone they feel like.
Read frankd1732's full post in CNET TalkBack
Helps find old friends
Reasoning that we all often freely give out personal information, CNET member waltk69 is in favor of the ZabaSearch service. He appreciates the free database as it helps him get back in touch with old friends and colleagues.
Read waltk69's full post in CNET TalkBack
Relax, it's nothing new
CNET member kinkstar reasons that ZabaSearch isn't doing anything new--personal information has been easy to access since the dawn of the Internet. Anything from county property records to phone numbers linked to mapped addresses have been freely available for some time.
Read kinkstar's full post in CNET TalkBack
Want to share your opinions about Internet privacy? Read "Pick your battles with Internet privacy," then speak up in the TalkBack section.
Here are some interesting comments you've recently submitted on CNET.com. Read up on it and talk about it. We're all ears!
Wi-Fi should be free
TalkBack posted in Works for Me
Make Internet Explorer work for you
TalkBack posted in Killer Downloads
Windows is weak: where's the alternative?
TalkBack posted in AnchorDesk
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