A google search of my name revealed that a website called Nuwber had released my full cell phone number, as well as a bunch of other information. While the other information (places I have lived etc.) could have conceivably been found in the public record, my cell phone number has never been listed. A google search of my cell phone number reveals that Nuwber is the only company currently who can link my name to my number. I would love to know how they did it.
The company has gone to some lengths to disguise its ownership and location. The only way to contact them is through either a form on their website, or this email: email@example.com. Both emails seem to direct to the same location. I know this because I have contacted the site a number of times in an attempt to get my number removed. At the bottom of the page is a "Remove from Directory" link. I have also used this method 8 or 10 times. While I received an initial email offering to remove my listed information if I provided them with additional information, no further contact was made, and all efforts resulted in inaction. I finally created the account they were so desperate for me to create, using a Blur address, and requested, once again, that I be removed from their system. This time I received an email back saying that it will happen in 10 days. We will see.
Here's an interesting aside: When you go to the Nuwber website and try to remove your information, you are shown an advertisement for a company called "OneRep," which offers to remove all information for you. I didn't follow through with OneRep, but I would not be suprised to discover that in order to obtain their services they would require a credit card and additional personal information. OneRep is equally squirrely about where they are located, or the corporate entity behind them. If you do some research into the IP address affiliated with Nuwber, you learn that it is affiliated with a location in Quebec, and possibly in Pasadena. If you do some research into the IP address affiliated with OneRep, you similarly discover that it is affiliated with a location in Quebec, and possibly in Pasadena. Perhaps Quebec is a hotspot for data mining, and protection from data miners. Or perhaps Nuwber and OneRep have some sort of symbiotic relationship, whereby Nuwber mines your data, and OneRep offers to take your money to remove your data. I don't know. I do know that a call to a rep at Abine.com, a reputable privacy company with a known address and telephone number, revealed that (1) Abine is under the impression that Nuwber is in Canada, and (2) Abine is under the impression that Nuwber won't allow third parties to remove information (you, the individual, must contact them yourself).
Make of all that what you will.
I didn't like: Data mining privacy invasion, Privacy issue.