back to article Background checking in the palm of the hand

The properly paranoid can now relax, BeenVerified is available for Android and iPhone platforms: so you can check out the history of anyone you meet instantly - if they're American, anyway. The service has been around as a website for a while, checking different publicly available sources of information and compiling a report on …

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WTF?

too much information

in all the wrong hands.

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I have no issue with this service...

...as long as the "checked" person gets a notification as to who is checking up on them. Make it a two way street.

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Meh

lulz

Makes me glad my last name is Smith.

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Big Brother

Makes me seriously consider...

Changing my name to John Smith...

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It is remarkable

... how the EU / US concepts of "privacy" differ.

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cui bono?

Just another bunch of bastards fuelling paranoia and spreading fear, in order to make a buck at society's expense.

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Joke

Excellent! I no longer need to post anonymously!

There are absolutely no AdamFoxtons who have committed any crime that their search thing can pick up.

<daily mail witchhunter> However, there are a few "Sarah Bee"s listed- that must be why she left. Clearly she's a violent paedo-terror-witch, or she wouldn't show up on this service!</daily mail witchhunter>

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.. And the Department of justice...

Poured their bowl into SQL and declared "we have become Paedogeddon, the destroyer of lives..!"

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Good god

The human race is fucked.

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Well yes

or at least a proportion of it. I thought that was the whole point of procreation.

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The mother of all creepiness

Apparently Gizmodo argument is that i's not creepy because you can get all the same info from extensive Google "sleuthing". Which I must assume is in turn not creepy because you can get all the same info by stalking your target for years, shirley?

Also, Vimeo apparently is one of these braindead sites which blocks content when they encounter an unfamiliar user-agent. Muppets. They want me to install Safari. Better and better. I thought the "this site was coded for Internet Explorer, please install it and come back" behaviour died in the nineties, back to life? It seems like more and more websites just choke on user-agents they don't recognise. Even the reputable US National Library of Medicine tells me: "We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser, and may not function properly." even though my user-agent string specifies that my browser is " like Firefox/3.5.17", which is "supported"*, apparently. You'd think that the NIH could hire semi-competent web devs, no?

*what these clowns mean by a website "supporting" a browser is beyond me but that's another problem.

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"That hot babe in finance? Did 5 years in jail. Men's jail"

Screw the privacy implications, got a phone number?

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FAIL

it is getting slammed on the app store

Most people are not having any luck. Considering where I live that the name Pedro Martinez takes up a whole page in the phone book I can't believe you could be sure you got the right one.

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FAIL

Wont work everywhere

In Australia, there are almost no legally accessible databases that this thing could use. It could be a handy tool for a licencsed Private Investigator but they have tools like this already.

So it is only creepy if the society the software operates in is sufficiently creepy to allow it.

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Useless

There're only very few americans in this world.

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Only if you actually exist in cyber-space that is

"we're all just going to have to get used to everyone we meet knowing everything there is to know about us"

My tin foil hat and faraday cage must be working.

I don't exist on the Internet.

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WTF?

amnesia?

"search anyone, even yourself. what comes up might just surprise you!"

ARMED ROBBERY

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