I am surprised...
...that you are so surprised. This is mostly info in the public domain, unless you explicitly choose to hide it. For example, all domain names are registered to someone or something, but personally I use a hosting company that hides registration details for free (some charge say $10 pa) and gives THEIR contact details rather than mine the whole world wide web. With company checks, you can't avoid that, all directors are listed publicly, that has always been the case. The main issues that I see with technology is that it is potentially giving EVERYONE instant access to details that were once only available if you physically went to get those records from a plublic office, or you wrote to them. Now any clown in the world can instantly get them...and we call that progress?
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