Are people buying background check reports about you?

According to a survey, 56% of internet users have Googled their own name to see what information is listed about them online. Other statistics show that 8 in 10 employers Google new applicants before they’re hired. Potential suitors are also likely to look you up before a date, while 71% of Americans use search engines to find information about someone they’re currently in a relationship with, or are considering being in a relationship with, all in an effort to feel safer.
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Personal Data Is a Source of Income for Data Broker Industry

In 2014, Dutch student, Shawn Buckles, set up an online auction to sell off his personal data to the highest bidder. Every bit of personal information went up for sale, including, location records, travel records, his personal calendar, email conversations, online conversations, browsing history, and his shopping preferences. Continue reading "Personal Data Is a Source of Income for Data Broker Industry"