Friday, 10 April 2015

Background Checking Is Way Too Easy

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I was doing a small writing job. It's the same small writing job it always is; writing articles. Nothing but never ending articles. At least this time the articles do end and I can see hope. It's always good to have an end point. Something tells me I really lack the mentality to work a regular 9-5 job even if I really wanted to.
Today I learned this movie exists. 
One of the sets of articles was about background checking services. It was kind of fun but at the same time really quite scary to realise just how easy it is to get a background check done on someone. Just how much information you can get about someone on something as simple as a phone number is insane. From a phone number you can get a name and from a name you can get EVERYTHING. Past addresses? Criminal convictions? Marital status? Current address? It's all right there and, in some cases, free.
It's one thing to have a vague knowledge that all of your information really is collected and available. It's a whole other thing to see some real evidence of it like that. Heck for fun I looked up the name of one of my friend's mothers. From just her name I found a list of relatives and a list of cities she had lived in including the city she currently lives in.

Stalking is super easy nowadays yo. Never been a better time to stalk someone. 

P.S yes I'm aware there are plenty of good uses for services like these. It's just scary how easy it is to abuse them. 

10 comments:

  1. I didn't know it was that easy. Scary and dangerous. Have a lovely weekend.

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  2. It seems our lives truly are open books.

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  3. You ain't got nothing on me though. I want to see you try. (No seriously, look up what you can about me and send me an email, I'm curious.)
    Also, a link to the article would be appreciated. I'm interested.

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    1. Unfortunately they were really only for Americans. I'm aware what a small online presence you have under your real name though. I envy you that. I kind of have to put myself out there as a budding writer. The articles were all about the different background checking services so it's just five things about five different services. Nothing really interesting. But just Duck "Background checking" and you're inundated with a bunch of services you can use. Again though it's mostly for Americans. Even if I found one for the Netherlands I probably wouldn't be able to understand it.

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    2. "Mostly for Americans"
      Exactly what I suspected. Land of the free, where brews cost you a limb and your privacy can not even be bound by fundamental rights.

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  4. It's too easy to do a lot of things nowadays. I'm okay with that EXCEPT that it's also too easy to abuse these things. And I'm not okay with that.

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  5. That doesn't look like Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lilly Tomlin in that "9 to 5" poster.

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  6. wow, scary indeed! thanks for your comment on my blog today, you made me laugh!

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  7. I didn't know it was that easy either but I am not surprised either

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  8. not in the Philippines, I guess. :)

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