What Private Information is "Out There" About You?

Just Google your name, your child’s name or your telephone number and you’ll likely be amazed at how much information pops up in the search results. But is there a way to keep more of that information to yourself in the future?

Yes, says this article in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News, written by the executive director of a nonprofit consumer organization.

Start by getting on the federal do-not-call list, www.donotcall.gov. If you can find out which organization sold your name to the telemarketers, call them and ask to be opted out of future phone list sales.

“Be careful: Some less reputable businesses will ask for your Social Security number, `to verify your identity.’ While you might be tempted, it’s never a good idea to give out such revealing information to unknown parties,” writes Russ van Arsdale.

If you find out that a local or county government is making your personal information too easily accessible, send them a letter and put your objection on the record. “Enough of such letters might prompt a change in policy,” the article notes.

For more privacy tips, read the full article: