Law enforcement and privacy: my personal story

David Thompson, General Counsel, ReputationDefender LLC

David Thompson
General Counsel

I’ve heard from a number of law enforcement offices who are upset that they can find their private information on “white pages” and “people finder” websites around the Internet. They feel violated when they find their name, address, phone number, and even credit score online at sites like Spokeo, Wink, Intelius, Spock, Rapleaf, Whitepages, Zabasearch, and Pipl. They’ve said that they feel endangered when photos of their home are out there on the Internet for anyone to see.

I agree fully. And for me, it’s personal too: my fiancee works in law enforcement and her safety means the world to me. That’s why I believe in the ReputationDefender mission to remove unwanted personal information from the Internet.

Let me tell you a little about why this topic means so much to me. A few years ago, I fell in love with the most beautiful woman in the world. Shortly after we met, she decided to join the law enforcement community. It was a big decision for her, and I’m glad she made it. She loves helping the community by getting criminals off the street and into rehabilitation. Every day, her job makes the world a better place.

But her job also comes with some serious drawbacks. Today, she works serious felonies. These are the kinds of felonies that trigger threats against investigating agents’ lives and families. Some of her peers have even gotten threatening phone calls at home, late at night. Thank G-d, so far, nothing bad has happened to anyone we know, but we understand the fear that every law enforcement officer has to live with.

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We’ve tried to do our best to keep our personal information private: we send our mail to a P.O. box, we don’t turn in product registration cards, we don’t make political donations that will be reported on sites like FundRace, and we make sure that as many public records as possible are officially redacted. But even doing that, it was still possible to find some records of my fiancee’s name and address online.

That’s when we signed up for the Privacy PRO Pro service. The Privacy PRO Pro service allowed us to quickly find and eliminate most of the remaining references to her name and address online. And, it removed other information too—like her credit profile from Spokeo and a few old address records that we didn’t even know were out there.

I’m proud of services like MyPrivacy that help law enforcement officers remove this information from the Internet. We use it in our family to help reduce the amount of personal information that can be found about us online. And the company is proud to offer law enforcement officers and judicial officers the chance to use the MyPrivacy service absolutely free. It’s our way of thanking the law enforcement community for their hard work. If you are a law enforcement or judicial officer, give us a call at 877-492-5209877-492-5209 and we’ll sign you up for free. If you’re not in law enforcement, you can still get the same powerful service here for a low rate.

I’ll also put this out there on the record, officially: ReputationDefender does not provide phone numbers, addresses, or other information about private individuals to sites like WhitePages, PeopleFinder, ZabaSearch, Rapleaf, Pipl, Wink, Intelius, or Spokeo. Not only would that go against our core mission, I simply would not allow the company to put my fiancee’s life in danger.

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If you’re on the West Coast, I hope to see you at B2V in a few weeks. Thank you for your hard work in support of our communities.

Sincerely yours,

David Thompson
General Counsel

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