EVERYONE needs to know this (USA)
I found out about this in an email from our Internet Provider and it's truly shocking! You need to tell everyone you know to check to see if their phone number, address and directions are listed. We checked our own, and not only was it listed, it gave our names, our address, directions and worst of all a picture of our house!! PamOKC I also got to see a lovely picture of your home; it seems my sat-nav can't find you, but Google knows where you are!! Most of our friends locally were listed and many with pictures of their actual homes. I was truly shocked that all this information could be had, just by entering a phone number. This really should be outlawed by the government. Maybe when someone sues Google after a scare or worse, something will be done about it. In the meantime, please read below and warn all friends and family: Question: I've heard that Google recently implemented a feature that enables anyone to type a phone number into the search bar and be able to see the corresponding address and view a map that shows where that home is located. I'm concerned that this could pose a safety risk for me and my family. Is there anything I can do? Answer: Google did recently implement the feature you've described and it also provides a link that will give directions to the address. While this feature can certainly be convenient for your legitimate visitors, it could also lead strangers to your front door and create security issues. We encourage you to take a moment now to look up your own phone number and find out if it is mapped: Go to http://www.google.com/ Type your phone number (including area code) in the search bar.Press the "enter/return" key or click your cursor arrow on "Google Search." If your address information appears, click on the link "Phonebook results for..." located just above your address information. To remove your name from the Google phonebook, click your cursor arrow on your phone number, and click on "Request to have your name removed from this list." Complete the form and click on "Submit Form." Your removal request will be processed in approximately 48 hours. If you have an unlisted number or cell phone as a primary contact, this Google map issue will not apply to you.