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BlockShopper.com - Attempted to gather personal data

After I noticed that a real estate transaction that I was a party to in recent years popped up on a Google search of my name within a private for profit web site known as Blockshoppers.com, I contacted Blockshoppers to request that my information be redacted from their private web pages as Google had instructed me to so do. Blockshopper does not allow...

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BlockShopper.com - Unwanted online postings

In typical Blockshopper.com fashion, they used a picture of me they stole from a website for a conference I spoke at.

I told them that because they were using my picture for commercial purposes (i.e. they get paid per click) and yet they do not have ownership of the picture, then they had 24 hours to pull it down or I would sue them for copyright infringement.

In less than a day I got the following response:

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From: "BlockShopper.com Editor"
Date: February 7, 2011 7:30:41 PM PST
To: @me.com
Subject: BlockShopper picture removed

Dear Mr.,

I hope this email finds you well. Thank you for informing us of your
unwanted picture on our site. One of our editors has removed the
picture from our system. Please allow 24 hours for the picture to
actually disappear.

Kind Regards,
John

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Small victory, but a beginning. If they are using your pic, please send them a "Demand Letter or Email" about removal of our pic. You own the picture, they don't.

Email me if you have questions.

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BlockShopper.com - Privacy Violation

Has anyone tried to sue BlockShopper in their county small claims court? It's fairly cheap like $50 and you don't need a lawyer - you can represent yourself. BlockShopper has to send a permanent employee to defend themseves at trial - I figure that's really worth the hassle even though you may lose the case and the $50. If enough people do it - maybe they'll allow people to actually opt out.

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BlockShopper.com - Encouragement of identity theft

This site encourages identity theft by publishing a persons personal information without the consent of the person itself. On asking to take the info off the site, they are very rude and turn deaf ear. There have been numerous complaints against this site but still this site continues to post their articles about people's personal information. More...

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BlockShopper.com - Home address and purchase info displayed on my Goolge name search results page

Hello -- my home address and purchase price details display as one of the first things on a Google search of my name. While I understand all home sales are a matter of public record, is it lawful for my personal info to be so easily revealed and accessible via Blockshopper? They claim it is and that unless I am removed from the county record itself, there is nothing I can do to hide this information from my Google search results. And with the internet I realize we have lost much of what was previously private simply b/c it was harder to obtain, but having this level of detail about myself so easily accessible to some looking for general info about me, seems like a breach of privacy. I understand if someone were specifically wanting that type of info, as well as things like marraige or divorce records, they could find it; but is it lawful for this type of info thru Blockshopper to be displayed about me without any consent from me? Would be curious based on other similar complaints.

Thanks!

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Dec 15, 2010 8:59 am

Yes-- what I meant was, is it legal for someone to publish that record when you ask them not to.

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Aug 27, 2012 4:31 am

What does Blockshopper even ###ing gain from publishing our information? That's okay, because I am pissed royaly and I am initiating a class action lawsuit that is going to put these ###s out of business for life - any business. They'll be selling hot dogs out of a cart in Chicago downtown. Let the games begin!

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May 31, 2012 4:31 am

Blockshopper CFO is a gold digger, selfish son of a ###. Greedy, and hungry for money, don
't care about the lives of people who need protection and privacy. Sick ###!

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Dec 08, 2010 4:31 am

Um, yes, it's legal. It's a matter of public record...that's kind of what that means. The record is PUBLIC.

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5:08 pm

BlockShopper.com - Do not do business with this site

Blockshopper.com invades peoples privacy, has no "opt out" if you don't want your personal information promoted to top of the google search. By doing so they put familys at risk. Also, if you google Scarlett Simpson, who is the contact person for this company, you will see loud and clear that she is a rip off artist. Do not do business with this site, and do not trust the information they present; at least in our case the information is wrong so that leads me to believe that their system must be wrought with errors. Read the reviews blockshooper.com and scarlett simpson are invovled in unethical bussiness practices and should be removed by google.

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BlockShopper.com - Revolting practices

They invade all of our privacy and make it so easy for identity thief. Yes, this is public information. They are correct. But who gives them the right to place it on the web for anyone to see. Just one click. Their opt out policy is a joke. YOU HAVE TO CONVINCE THEM THAT YOU ARE AT RISK. They want a police report? You must be joking. How money-grubbing is that? Deadbeats, perhaps, who are putting all of us at risk for their advertising monies. Shame on the three 'boys' of blockshoppers.

You can write Mr. Biedermann at [email protected] and let him know how you feel. He thinks he has a way with words with his B.S. degree in journalism. Also Brian Timpone at [email protected] I'm sure they would love to hear from everyone. I've filed with the FTC and encourage those who feel they are at risk to do the same. I would also suggest calling all of their advertisers and realtors to voice your concern.

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Dec 08, 2010 4:31 am

I am displeased with this as well -- did you have any luck with the FTC filing out of curiosity?

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BlockShopper.com - Published my personal information

Google your name. If you have done any real estate transaction, like buying or selling, getting permits for refurb, or refinancing, your name, home address, the names of all of your relatives, your age, your previous addresses, everything including photos of your house will pop up on Google.

Blockshopper.com publishes all of that information and it pops right up in Google. They hide behind the fact that it's public information. That information, however, has to be sought out and found in your County records. It's not easy, and your County records do not appear in Google when you put in your name. Once Blockshopper publishes it, anyone can find exactly where you live and everything about you and your family.

Blockshopper.com refuses to take the listing off their website. They were successfully sued by a big law firm, but they calculate that the average Joe won't go to the trouble to sue them.

The only way to stop them is to bring this to the attention of your Congressperson. If you don't like it, send your Congressperson a note.

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Jun 02, 2010 4:31 am

read up on DMCA act and submit the infringing material to each search engine. just because they claim that something is public information DOES NOT give them the right to repost it. Google and the other search engines have a legal responsibility to take their entire site down.

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BlockShopper.com - Intimidation

An update on continued problems with Blockshopper.com. Although they posted a new privacy policy, they aren't following their own guidelines. I had a letter from my County Prosecuting Attorney's office, written by a Protection Order Advocate. In no uncertain terms, it stated that my name should be removed from blockshoppers site for safety reasons due to a stalker. It also had a copy of the protection order attached to it. Blockshopper apparently decided that because some info had been redacted (to protect what little privacy is left) that they weren't going to honor the request, and they continue to leave my name on their site. Interestingly enough- within days of receiving my letter- they had an attorney mail a letter to my home address threatening to sue me if I continued to speak out agains blockshopper.

I can honestly say that when I read previous postings that said websites & individuals had been threatened with lawsuits by this company, and had therefore disappeared, I wasn't so sure it was true. I presumed it was angry people getting a little bit dramatic. I offer apologies- as I am now one of the people that blockshopper is trying to intimidate while they continue to expose me to a safety threat. I couldn't fathom that any professional business would threaten people or ignore life-safety issues- but blockshopper has shown themselves to be beyond - way beyond- unprofessional.

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Update by 42sharlet
Mar 03, 2010 11:47 pm

Blockshopper is parasitic and eventually they'll be forced to change. Doesn't help the average person who is being harmed by them in the meantime

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Hi 42sharlet, I totally understand how you fell. When I was around 25, I had a stalker and it was a nightmare. I did not own any property back then but I had to change my jobs and where I live. I also changed my phone number and only gave out my new number to my parents and very few very close friend. This stalker somehow still found me because of his powerful father. So I did this identify change all over again and only took cash jobs. This went on for about an year. Years have passed, but I am constantly under fear that this stalker will pop up again especially now with all this information available on the internet. I am usually very careful on what I register on line.

From what you posted, this website has abosolutely no idea the fear that people like we have to face. They do not understand how dangerous a stalker can be. This website totally ignores other people's safety so they can continue to make money. If one day their kids' safety are put in danger...maybe they will think twice of what they have done to people!

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Apr 06, 2010 4:31 am

Hello,

My name is Sarah Goodman, and I am a legal analyst at Balestriere Fariello, a trials and investigations law firm in New York. Our firm has been investigating BlockShopper's potential misconduct and would be interested in hearing more from you about your experience. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Thank you,
Sarah Goodman
[email protected]
[protected] ext. 132

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BlockShopper.com - The Blockshopper joke

Brian Timpone - Chicago, Illinois
Ed Weinhaus - St. Louis, Missouri
Timothy Landon - Evanston, Illinois

www.blockshoppers.com

Funny thing is they are even turning profits on YOUR names everyone. So mail us all a check, even for the $0.25 or less when split up, that you owe all the people you refuse to remove. If the records are so public then point out the direct source. I read your FAQ and I encourage others to read it as well.. It's a load of BS with the basic tone of "I'm correct on this matter cause I'm correct".

I'm surprised no one has gone a head and sued these fools yet much less physically spam mailed them, use their names and addresses to register anything/everything, or even flat out stalked the ever loving crap out of them. Oh it is only a matter of time till this cup of idiocy, that is their operation, overfloweth with dilemma.

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Mar 22, 2011 4:31 am

Attorney Sheldon Weinhaus is Blockshopper LLC registered agent in St. Louis MO According to Blockshopper's prostituting web site his January 2009 purchase of the million dollar home address is 10859 Picadily Square Dr. St. louis MO 63146 near his Creve Coure law office. located at 11500 Olive Blvd St. Louis 63141 telephone [protected]. Since BS (blockshopper) pooh-poohs the folks who protest being [censored]d out by BS perhaps direct contact with Mr. Weinhaus will get results, he seems like not a bad guy.

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Feb 28, 2010 4:31 am

Thank you for your post. I whole-heartedly agree. You may be interested in my new post- the fact that Blockshopper has threatened to sue me while at the same time refusing to remove my name from their site.

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BlockShopper.com - Won't remove home listings from Google search

These guys will not entertain opt out requests or in the least removing your personal information from being indexed by the Google search crawler. As a result, when someone Googles your name, the first thing people see in the result page is the price of your property. This is wrong because most people Googling your name are not researching real estate...

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BlockShopper.com - Invasion of Privacy

This is a new complaint against Blockshopper.com. This website, which supposedly provides "content, " is actually scraping people's profiles, including PRIVATE, profiles. I write this as one of the people that they posted an article about. My issue and complaint is that the career info that was written in the article is clearly copied and pasted from my...

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BlockShopper.com - Blockshopper has severely undermined Address Authentication [without ccv] for online purchases

Thanks to blockshopper.com, credit card fraud is easier than ever. There is no longer a need to hack into a database to get credit card numbers, names and addressses. All a criminal needs is a credit card number and name (or lots of them). Now simply google the name on the card, and they have your full, valid billing address. Combine the 2 together (name, credit card number and billing address), and the criminal can now conduct any fradulent transaction online so long as it does not require the ccv code on the back of the card. My research shows that 1/2 of large scale online merchants do not require the ccv. http://www.merchantaccountblog.com/284/only-half-of-top-ecommerce-sites-require-card-verification

FTC says this is all fine though, addresses are public domain. Their reaction to me was "Its legal, but I'll file your complaint anyway".

Even worse is that blockshopper.com makes automated fraud easier than ever! Who needs to google when one can write an automated program to gather addresses from blockshopper.com. They don't even require captcha codes (to prevent automated bots), no audit records required of who queried the data, and no opt-out option. The S___ is going to hit the fan, just wait and see.

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Jun 02, 2010 4:31 am

you can do something about it!

read up on DMCA act and submit the infringing material to each search engine. just because they claim that something is public information DOES NOT give them the right to repost it. Google and the other search engines have a legal responsibility to take their entire site down.

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Jun 02, 2010 4:31 am

you can do something about it!

read up on DMCA act and submit the infringing material to each search engine. just because they claim that something is public information DOES NOT give them the right to repost it. Google and the other search engines have a legal responsibility to take their entire site down.

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Jun 02, 2010 4:31 am

Blockshopper is a company that is making tons of money selling people's personal information.
they say the information is public, however they are making money out of people's personal information by posting it and selling on the internet. By posting people's full name's, addresses, photos and other this company is putting peoples safety at risk. Blockshopper will not remove people's personal information from their website if requested.
I really don't understand why nobody is doing anything about this?. If addresses are public domains names are NOT.
They have no right to publish to the whole world one's personal information.
This site needs to have the option to opt out or to be shut down

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BlockShopper.com - Privacy and safety concerns--unsolicited publication of full names with addresses and home costs

Blockshopper.com website business model apparently places people at personal and professional risk to become targets of identity theft, stalking, and other serious crime. Though Jones Day and their Chicago Law firm filed suit against Blockshopper.com and this website's owners-TIMOTHY LANDON, BRIAN TIMPONE & EDWARD WEINHAUS about trademark infringement, the...

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BlockShopper.com - Invasion of Privacy to make money

Blockshopper.com gleens other websites to get real estate info to put on their site...for the sole purpose of selling advertising dollars. if you request to opt-out, they say no. they have put peoples' lives at risk and still, nothing. I have called the FTC today and reported them and will keep calling all their advertisers, realtors etc. to get them to...

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BlockShopper.com - won't let us opt-out

Brian Timpone of Chicago, Ed Weinhaus of St. Louis and Timothy Landon of Evanston, Illinois
have started this punk outfit of gleening peoples' private information and posting it to their site
to rake in dollars from realtors and advertisers.

Realtors, get REAL ! Get on a legit site, like Realtor.com !

these people have more negativity than Satan !

Advertisers, do you want to be associated with these punks?

put your ad dollars on more reputable sites.

Case Closed !

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Jun 17, 2011 4:31 am

Blockshopper reveals too much information, privacy and safety concerns. Our names were removed on listing but they continue to publish information.

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BlockShopper.com - invasion of privacy

They are publishing my name with my address for purposes of profiting off the information. I requested to have just my name not be published in association with my address and they told me it is public information. They are getting the information from the county assessor's office. If any one starts a class action lawsuit or needs a name to sign a petition...

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BlockShopper.com - invasion of privacy/won't let us 'opt-out'

I agree - I also am having the same difficulty with them...and even called the CEO's house last nite and talked with wife . Most sites will delete will just a request and somtimes an ID...these people might AMEND your listing with a police report...but what does amend mean? abbreviate was how they worded it... that is NOT good enough when people are at...

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BlockShopper.com - refuse to delete my information off internet

Blockshopper.com thinks they can put OUR information in cyberspace...without our permission... and ignore our request to take it off? well, here goes the CEO's information. Timothy and Elizabeth Landon 2704 Bennett Evanston, Illinois 847.332.2021 Call him...and ask him how HE likes his private homelife INVADED????????????????????????????????????

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BlockShopper.com - Revealing personal information

I am a social worker that works with the mentally ill. I am very protective of my personal information such as address and family members. Every so often I check my name on a search engine, and when I did this on google the first thing to appear is my entire address, my name, and names of family members who have previously owned my home.I understand this i...

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