FYI Everyone: Spokeo Fined, But It's Still Really Spooky

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    FYI EVERYONE: Spokeo fined, but it's still really spooky - Red Tape (click for full article)

    "FYI EVERYONE -- There's a site called spokeo.com and it's an online phone book that has a picture of your house..," begins the breathless chain email, which has made its way around the Internet for the past three years or so. It'd be hard to find an email inbox or Facebook wall that hasn't been disrupted by the scary warning.

    It sounds like typical urban legend spam: but Spokeo is quite real. So real, in fact, that the site was just slapped with an $800,000 fine by the Federal Trade Commission for alleged deception and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

    Spokeo agreed to pay the fine without admitting any wrongdoing; but it certainly doesn't shy away from the Big Brotherish accusations. On its home page Wednesday, despite the fine, is this tag line: "Not your grandma's phone book."
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