Online safety and security is a huge concern, but it turns out that there’s a website out there that you’ve probably never heard of but that can contain everything from the names of your kids and your parents to the places you’ve lived in the last decade FamilyTreeNow.
The information on FamilyTreeNow comes largely from the public records and other legally accessible sources that other data brokers use, but what makes it creepy is how easy the site makes it for anyone to access that information all at once.
Profiles on FamilyTreeNow include the age, birth month, family members, addresses, and phone numbers for individuals in their system, if they have them.
It also guesses at their possible associates, all on a publicly accessible, permalink-able page.
What makes it usual, and scary, is that it doesnt require a fee, or even the creation of an account, to access those detailed profiles.
While this is great for people wanting to trace their family history, it’s also an easily accessible way for those who want to stalk or harass someone else, which is why people are freaking out.
One of those people was Anna Brittain, a 30-year-old young-adult fiction writer inAlabama who found the site throughher sister.
After pulling up her own profile and opting out, shecomposed tweets, warning others and providing detailed instructions on how to do the same.
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