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In light of Web databases and services for "finding" people, privacy advocates are issuing warnings that a lack of online regulation allows companies to have too much control over personal information. That's according to a San Francisco Chronicle report on the dangers to both reputation and physical safety that can be posed by various online services that gather data and share information ranging from addresses to home values to "dateability." Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum said individuals have little control over their online information, while Paul Stephens of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse points out that "a nosy neighbor" or marketer who is not likely to access files housed in archives can easily view digital records available at the click of a mouse.
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