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    Personal details of others on the net

    I recently searched for my full name on google looking for a recent document which was published regarding some research i did for a local university. Hoping to find the document for a fellow colleague i found my name listed on somebodies family tree. I clicked on the listing and found my details, place of birth, data of birth, full name listed on the site along with all of my both living and dead relatives on both sides of my family.

    Although i realise this information is available to the public, should you apply for this information, i was wondering where the guy who runs the site stands legally. I noticed some of the information was incorrect also.

    This information is not held behind a username and password just freely available to anyone who stumbles across it?

    Any advice greatly appreciated!!

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Considering how many times you're asked for all those details as security questions for online banking etc, having that information so publicly available would concern me greatly. It would be interesting to know where the site owner gathered such information.

    If you can actually use Google to find references to yourself, you clearly have a less common name than I do, by the way!

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones
    It would be interesting to know where the site owner gathered such information.
    He is probably related in some distant way and is doing research on his family history. He has probably obtained the details from a family member. That is the way it usually works.

    I have used family tree software online before. Usually it gives you the option of hiding details of people who are still alive. This is just morally correct to do this if not a legal requirement. I have always used this option whenever I do anything like this.

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones
    If you can actually use Google to find references to yourself, you clearly have a less common name than I do, by the way!
    Me too. I wasn't aware my name was so common until I used google. Apparently there is a professor at manchester uni who shares my name and he gets a lot of the top hits lol.

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    I have a fairly unique surname,

    I too was concerned by the blatant disregard for any kind of security, how many times have you used your mothers maiden name for a security question?

    This kind of information is 'publically' available,

    http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/

    Surely he should ask permission before publishing information of this kind anyway?

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    According to Google, I have a line of jewellery named after me. I am a seismologist, a photographer, a (very dead) theologian, a composer and an archaeologist.

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Im still wanted in Australia, from pre 1800's

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    According to Google, I have a line of jewellery named after me. I am a seismologist, a photographer, a (very dead) theologian, a composer and an archaeologist.
    Lucky you - according to Google I'm a serial killer in the US....

    :?

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy
    Lucky you - according to Google I'm a serial killer in the US....
    Serial killer turned IT Technician? Sounds about right.

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    The guy who runs the site has just removed my details from his site.

    " I have received many thanks from other relatives for having the family tree on my site and you are the first person to complain, especially as the information of which you complain is freely available from GRO records.

    When you are much older you may appreciate being able to view relatives. It has taken me 20 years to accumulate the information but now it is incomplete. "

    My reply:

    not only is the information now incomplete but inaccurate also.

    Result!

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Well with me it is a side effect of my job means my name is all over the place on web but most of stuff is generic and so no problem...

    Saying that have found a site that lists my home address so asked for login password again so can get it removed.

    Russell

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Dan - what was the site? I'm curious (and concerned) as to how much of my personal information is on there now too...

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    According to Google, I have a line of jewellery named after me. I am a seismologist, a photographer, a (very dead) theologian, a composer and an archaeologist.
    Just taking the first five in Google, I am:
    - a philosophy lecturer at the University of Nottingham
    - a physics research fellow at Oxford University
    - a producer at the BBC
    - an upcoming young tennis star
    - a former BBC political correspondent.

    I am also a lecturer/researcher in various other subjects at a variety of universities, as well as a noted author of Christian literature, oh and apparently a member of a Welsh male voice choir! And that's just from the first 20 of 2.1m results!!

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones
    I am:
    - a philosophy lecturer at the University of Nottingham
    - a physics research fellow at Oxford University
    - a producer at the BBC
    - an upcoming young tennis star
    - a former BBC political correspondent.
    Well at least no-one can say you haven't done anything with your life

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    I haven't got a problem with details of my job, or papers i have written or collaborated on, including my name and job title for instance. My main objection was the amount of information it exposed regarding my personal details/circumstance, and also those of my close family. He has also had the cheek to email me to confirm some details of two deaths recently and a birth.

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    Re: Personal details of others on the net

    I'm a sales manager for ConocoPhilips

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