Consumer is uncomfortable with Google ogle
Google has implemented a new feature where you can type someone's telephone number into the search bar and hit "enter," and then you will be given a map to the person's house.
Before forwarding this to you, I tested it by typing a telephone number in Google.com. The number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped out where that person lived. Quite scary. Think about it -- if a child, single person, ANYONE gives out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious and alarming.
My phone number comes up, with a map to my old address, where I lived as a single mother. This is a serious violation of privacy and I think Google has lost their collective mind with this one.
But you can remove your listing from the Google site: Put your phone number in the Google search box, separating the area code and exchange by dashes. When the page comes up with your information, click on the phone icon next to your name. That will bring up a page that has an "unlist" option. Fill out the information and click to file the request with Google. Krane said the removal process takes about 24 hours.
The article says people are happy with this feature. I'm not. Are you?
<<Added later: I found this website (http://www.visi.com/...ress/index.html) helpful in guiding me through the process of contacting my area Senators and Congresspersons. I feel what Google has done is a violation of US homeland security and privacy, regardless of whether or not there is an option to remove one's phone number from their database. Most people are not aware there are maps to their homes in the first place.) >>