Monday, July 28, 2003

New feature gives map by simply entering a phone number

It's apparently true. After confirming it by searching SNOPES.COM (THE reference page for confirming urban legends on the internet), E-R has discovered that 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 link TO A MAP TO THEIR HOUSE! Think about it -- if ANYONE gives out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to find out WHERE YOU LIVE. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming.

Imagine it. A guy at a bar asks you for your phone number, and if you're foolish enough to give it to him, he can easily find out where you live.

This is not a hoax as E-R verified it. Although keying in an unlisted number yields nothing, thankfully.

In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to GOOGLE and type your phone number in the search bar
with dashes (i.e. 310-XXX-XXXX) and hit enter. NOTE: If your phone number is not publicly listed, you should be fine.

If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on the telephone icon next to your phone number. You will see a link where you are allowed to REMOVE yourself.


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