There goes our freedom!
Posted 13 October 2004 - 11:37 AM
Greg, Sorry about that... I owe you a beer.
WOW! Unbelievable I'm mad and you should be too!!!!!! Check your driver's license...OK, this is just too much! Can you say "privacy?" As in, "Where is our right to it???" I definitely removed mine, I suggest you do the same ...Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the Internet, including your own! I just searched for mine and there it was ... picture and all! Thanks Homeland Security!
Go to the website and check it out. It's unbelievable!!! Just enter your name, city and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove". This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement. http://www.license.shorturl.com/
Posted 13 October 2004 - 01:04 PM
You can look up anyone's driver's license or police records for free on the Internet.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
This is really scary..... Now you can see anyone's Drivers License on the Internet,
including your own! I just searched for mine and there it was, picture and all.
I don't think this is a good idea at all !!! I think we should write our congressperson!
message above is not a real warning from a concerned and outraged citizen; it's an invitation that solicits "victims" for yet another Internet prank. In this case the joke is one of several hoax web sites bearing names such as National Driver's License Records Bureau or the FBI Criminal Records Search, sites that purport to show users information taken from state driver's license or police [Monkey's uncle!] records databases. The punchline is always the same: after the user is led on a merry chase, the site displays a photograph from his "official" government record, and it's a picture of a chimp or an orangutan. Yuk, yuk.
Perhaps more amusing than this old joke (I had a circus clown take my "photograph" with a prop camera when I was six years old, and that one turned out to be a picture of a monkey, too!) is the amount of mail forwarded to us by alarmed readers who have received similar messages and are worried that they're genuine but are afraid to check for themselves. Simply visiting one of these sites and attempting to look up a "record" is sufficient to dispel the concern that they might be real (if for no other reason than that they don't ask for nearly enough information to uniquely identify a person), but many viewers are hesitant to try for fear that the information they enter will be collected by someone who might use it for illegitimate (or even illegal) purposes. To this dilemma we offer a handy solution: You can lie to a computer!
If you're unsure whether a site that collects personal information (and displays even more personal information in response) is legitimate, just enter some fictititious but properly-formatted input and see what happens. If it's a joke, you'll soon find out; if the results are inconclusive, you are no worse off than you were before (and you haven't revealed anything useful in trying). If the site rejects your information (even though it's properly formatted), that may be an indication the site is indeed tied into a database that can access personal information and merits further investigation. The simplest answer is usually the correct one, however: someone's having one over on you!
(Driver's license and police record information is available over the Internet from various sources such as PublicData.com, but these sites are not accessible to everyone for free, nor do they offer information from every state.)
Last updated: 24 June 2002
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Posted 13 October 2004 - 07:45 PM
Posted 14 October 2004 - 02:13 PM
I'm not mad. I laughed at myself for waiting for my licence to show up, and the likeness was amazing.