I thought this might be of interest to US phone subscribers on A-Net. From my employer's information security office:
Personally, I don't like my info available to anyone I don't give it to. Fortunately, neither my home nor cell was available through this process. My Mother's was there - and has been deleted, courtesy of yours truly.
I think there is enough Identify Theft in the world - Google doesn't need to assist in it . . .
Google has implemented a new feature wherein you can
type someone's telephone number into the search bar
and hit enter and then you will be given a map to
their house and other information.
I tested it by typing my telephone number in google.com. My phone number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped out where I live.
In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, click here: http://www.google.com
Type your phone number in the search bar with area code and
dashes(i.e. 555-555-1212) dashes and no spaces very important) and hit enter. This will divulge your name and address. You will see a link option to the right for MapQuest (click on it), which will use the address to provide a
map to your home or place of business.
If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your
private information, simply click on the telephone
icon next to your phone number or the link by your
name. I removed my name, but it takes 48 hours.
[Edited 2005-02-12 02:27:36]