Think of a friend or family member that you know fairly well (e.g., your roommate, parent, aunt/uncle, partner… or even yourself) and search their information online. Try to come up with as much information as possible. A few websites to consider: familytreenow, pipl, linkedIn…etc. If this person has a common name (such as John Smith), try to search with their primary email address or phone number instead.
In two paragraphs or less, describe:
What information do you find about this person? (age, address, income, … etc)
On which website(s) is the information located?
Why do you think this person’s information has ended up on these websites?