'Family Tree Now' website displays a startling amount of your personal information
A historical records website called Family Tree Now shows the public a lot more information than you'd expect.
If you search your first name, last name and state, the site displays your age and birth month as well as a list of relatives, associates and past addresses.
The easy accessibility of the site is what really has many people feeling panicked -- strangers don't even have to pay a fee or be a member of the website to be able to find where you live at the click of a button.
According to the site, the data is compiled from "U.S. public records sources, including property, business, historical and current records." Ideally, it would be used to build your family tree.
Though the information listed is all technically available to the public anyway, putting it all in one easy-to-find place could be devastating for people who are faced with online harassment or real-life stalking.
Fortunately, it's pretty easy to opt out:
1. Go to this website and click "Begin Opt Out Procedure."
2. Search for yourself.
3. Click on the record detail and verify that the person you searched for is really you and not someone else with your name.
4. Click the big red "Opt Out" button.
5. Allow up to 48 hours for your request to be processed, and your record will be removed from all places on the website.
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