Is our personal info such as telephone numbers, names and address is up for grabs for all to see?

Hi,

We noticed that our cellular numbers seems to be available.  One associate called a lead and when answered, the other person told her full name.  After the conversation we found out they the person uses an apps called CallApp in her android.  We searched her number (and ours) and found sites with the associates name and address for example 'locatefamily.com'.

Please explain how this is done? And is our personal info is up for grabs? How can stop this?

Thank you in advance
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi Rayluvs,

Lots of people put your number into online services - they have been around for at least ten years, probably longer.

Those services might be selling that info (probably are).

There is nothing you can do to stop your 'friends' from doing this to you, and better yet, they might not even see it as being at all rude - it won't even occur to them, and if you mentioned it, they would argue the billy-o.

Alan.
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Tiborg GuaranaIT beginsCommented:
Change your phone number every year could do the trick :)
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Those 'friends' will probably just plaster your new number around the net within days of you changing it.

;-)
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
So interesting you guys say 'friends', never thought a 'friends' would do that.  

I mean, me being a 'friend', why would I go to, for example, 'locatefamily.com' and register a freind's info, address, full name and telephone?

We were told the apps CallApp identified my associate call to her lead.

I know everything possible, but why would a 'friend' go to CallApp and register their info?

There has to be some sort of data-gathering somewhere based on region, etc.

???
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serialbandCommented:
They don't have to do it themselves.  The data scrapers do it for them.  The phone company sells lists to commercial buyers.  You have to pay extra to be "unlisted" from their directories.
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi,

I used the phrase 'friend' (note the quoting) to denote people that are your friends, but are technically clueless, and give away your personal information without thought.

For example, people put your phone number and / or email address into Facebook, thus giving your personal information to a company that was known to be abusing such trust what, ten years ago?

Such people are generally idiots, or worst case, just don't care about you, but are usually not outright malicious.


Alan.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Ok, makes sense; the data scrapers and company selling info and people putting in ones info into Facebook.

Ok I am cleared on that.

Lastly, prior closing the question, how do CallApp access this data? (I mean, the person receiving the call from my associates, saw prior answering the full name of my associated)
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AlanConsultantCommented:
CallApp probably purchase lists from other parties, maybe on a periodic subscription, and then when the call comes through, the app does a lookup, and displays the info to the user.

If the source data is out of date, then the info they get will be wrong, but its probably right most of the time, else not that many people would pay for it.


Alan.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Thanx!
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AlanConsultantCommented:
You're most welcome.

Don't forget to close the question :-)

Alan.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Funny, I thought I did... will do again.
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