Friday, July 02, 2010

Spokeo under fire for offering credit estimate consumer information

"Website Spokeo promises to give users “the most comprehensive intelligence about anyone you want to find” — and privacy advocates don’t seem to think this is a good idea.

A consumer-advocacy group filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday alleging that Spokeo is offering detailed consumer information, such as a “credit estimate” without following government regulations. Spokeo allows users to enter names, phone numbers and the like and get information such as address, age, ethnicity, interests and household information. For $2.95 a month, subscribers can get information that “may include” religion, politics and “wealth level,” according to the site."
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