Sheriff Issues Internet Warning

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Google.com is one of the most popular search engines on the world wide web today.
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LexMom

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Dec 18, 2007
 
You have been able to do this on google for years! It is not a new feature. But at least you can disable it!
have mercy

Lugoff, SC

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Dec 18, 2007
 
Wow are these people living in podunk or what? Just because Google is making headlines for doing it doesn't mean that this is a new thing. Google has had this feature for years now and before then you could go to any number of sites and get the same information. It amazes me how people in authority are so late in hearing about something and then assume that it is something new since they hadn't heard of it before. Talk about backwoods!
Jose

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Dec 18, 2007
 
this is absolutely not new, and i can name about 50 more that have even BETTER features for finding people, all free, all easy to access. this is ridiculous.

this is the media scaring the people again. when will this stop? anyone seen Life Free or Die Hard where Justin Long is bashing media for being controlled by corporate entities? yeah, thats exactly what this is.

oh, and to get to the local phonebook directory, you have to first type 'phonebook:' and search for that, then you can search for that stuff. but you are better off using addresses.com , anywho.com , etc, much better, since this is what they do primarily.
Jose

Little River, SC

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Dec 18, 2007
 
hell, you could do that in the phonebook if you had the time to flip through all the pages looking.

just call 411!
Russell

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#6
Dec 18, 2007
 
this is nothing new,sounds like you're talking about"reverse number look up", its really quite useful. & it's been around for years!!
Say What

Myrtle Beach, SC

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Dec 18, 2007
 
Where has this brain trust been hiding out? Well of course it's Newberry! That get university town of higher thinking. How long has Google been around? And how long have folks been able to opt out of this service? A long time is the answer. And what prey tell is that hunk of paper that is left all over town a multitude of times each year - why is a manual Google called a phone book. How long has the evil phone book been around? Now tell me just how many children have been targeted in this manner? I'd likely say none. The crimes this brilliant lawman is worried about are crimes of opportunity and crimes committed by close associates of children. And the media thinks this is newsworthy?
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Myrtle Beach, SC

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Dec 18, 2007
 
GOOGLE:
Newberry County Sheriff Office - more info ยป
520 Wilson Rd, Newberry, SC
(803) 321 2211
Perhaps they should opt out?
Robert Peel

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Dec 18, 2007
 
Say what? You are very brilliant yourself. Many crimes committed against children are by total stranger - especially the ones that end in murder. Have you ever heard of Adam Walch? Or the little girl the Amber Alert is named for? Or Jesse in Florida? All killed and molested by STRANGERS.

While this may not be new, parents need to know that this option is available to child molesters and they can opt out of it. Maybe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Why bash the media or law enforcement for trying to advise parents that there is something there that can make your resident available.

Maybe you don't care about your children, but some of us do.

Or do you have something to hide?

“Speak your mind.”

Since: Aug 07

Chester, SC

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Dec 18, 2007
 
Robert Peel wrote:
Say what? You are very brilliant yourself. Many crimes committed against children are by total stranger - especially the ones that end in murder. Have you ever heard of Adam Walch? Or the little girl the Amber Alert is named for? Or Jesse in Florida? All killed and molested by STRANGERS.
While this may not be new, parents need to know that this option is available to child molesters and they can opt out of it. Maybe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Why bash the media or law enforcement for trying to advise parents that there is something there that can make your resident available.
Maybe you don't care about your children, but some of us do.
Or do you have something to hide?
You make some great points! While this ISN'T a new feature, I think we all can agree that predators are using old technology in new ways to take advantage of unsuspecting children. Remember A LONG TIME AGO when kids could go on the internet and chat with someone who SAID they were the same age and they REALLY WERE the same age (instead of some nasty old man who for whatever reason gets his kicks out of flirting and having sex with children)? Or when they could meet friends on myspace and have that person be exactly who they said they were?

Yeah, people on these forums know about these things. But what about the parents, grandparents and other loved ones who don't even know how to turn on the computer or get on the internet, much less keep the children safe from people who might hurt them? HOW ELSE ARE THEY GOING TO FIND OUT, EXCEPT THROUGH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE MEDIA? If a little knowledge saves at least ONE CHILD from being hurt, I think we can sit through hearing/reading something we already know about so the people who DON'T know can get the information they need.
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Dec 18, 2007
 
I do not know a lot concerning computers but I have known about finding the address of any person that you would like to look up on the internet along with a map and full directions to the address for several years. I am sure that Google is not the only site or search engine. It is only one of a very many that people use. I would like for this feature to be removed from the internet completely. I am one of many that have never liked it.
old salt dog

Columbia, SC

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Dec 19, 2007
 
Jose wrote:
hell, you could do that in the phonebook if you had the time to flip through all the pages looking.
just call 411!
thats right, i used it recentley to find the address of old freinds to send then christmass cards !
Chen

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Dec 19, 2007
 
Internet is new to Newberry, I think cellphones are next on the list....
J Sullivan

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Dec 19, 2007
 
I read about this some time ago and removed my number from Google. I have msn.com and typed in my number and my name and address come up. There is no remove button here. Do all search engines have this?
Dunce Hat

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Dec 19, 2007
 
Someone please slap that Sheriff in the back of the head!
larry

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Dec 19, 2007
 
what a dumbass
Carmen

Columbia, SC

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#18
Dec 19, 2007
 
This feature is not new and it certainly is not exclusive to Google. You can do this at any of the people search websites. You can request that your phone number be removed from the Google search; however, that does not delete it from all of the numerous sites where this information is available.
Barney Fife

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Dec 19, 2007
 
Reverse-lookup phone directories existed long before the INTERNET - much less Google! This is nothing new - and there are many ways to accomplish this on (and off) the internet. To single out Google like this is irresponsible and flat-out ignorant. The Newberry Sheriff and WLTX should both be embarassed. If anyone is that paranoid about someone finding out where they live by their phone number, they should get an unpublished/unlisted number.

That said, yes, parents should make sure their children are aware that this sort of thing is possible and to be very careful about who they provide their phone number and other personal information to.

I hope nobody shows the Newberry (Mayberry?) sheriff the ability to view hi-res satelite images on the internet! Some of them are so detailed that you can almost see your kids playing in the back yard (if they were out there when the pic was snapped). That'll really blow his mind! LOL!
Homeboy

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Dec 19, 2007
 
The problem is it's election time. Any chance he can get his name or face in the media he's going to do it. Even if it drumming up something as old as the Google issue. Question is though, did he do this press release while laying in bed? What some will do just to get reelected.
Billy Bob

Columbia, SC

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#21
Dec 19, 2007
 
Guess the podunks in Newberry County just got interenet.

anywho.com has been doing this for years.
Warrior Breed

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Dec 19, 2007
 
Homeboy wrote:
The problem is it's election time. Any chance he can get his name or face in the media he's going to do it. Even if it drumming up something as old as the Google issue. Question is though, did he do this press release while laying in bed? What some will do just to get reelected.
My guess is that the next " Big Problem" for parents everywhere will the phone book. you know..that new fangled phone book that has people's names, phone numbers and addreses in it. What will the pedophiles think of next??

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