How does mylife know who is searching for me?
Fortunately, the truth is Mylife does not know who is searching for you. The only way for them to know is if MyLife.com user who is actively signed is being looked for. MyLife is in the business of reselling user data including search-history of their own users. If you do use mylife, it is important to realize that their information is not accurate.
Mylife has been at the center of multiple lawsuits for deceptive sales tactics including but not limited to:
- Falsely advertising that hundreds of millions of people have criminal records
- Selling the search histories of their own user base
- Seeding profiles with negative reputation scores based off merit-less information
- Allowing anonymous users to post negative and damaging reviews
- Making it difficult for users to remove these slanderous bodies of text without paying a monthly subscription fee.
Extortion, which is not limited to the taking of property, involves the verbal or written instillation of fear that something will happen to the victim if they do not comply with the extortionist’s will. Mylife is clearly a mass-extortion scheme targeting nearly every man, woman, and child in the United States with the thin veil of a social network. While some people do find the personal contact information of long-lost relatives and friends using MyLife; it is a fact that a very large percentage of their sales come from what is essentially online stalking.
In 2011, there was a popular news story about how My Life claimed it could tell if someone was searching for you and that you could find out for $7.95. Users were shocked when the company actually charged $100 or more and provided literally no information. The lawsuit was filed by California district judge Claudia Wilken who was not pleased with My Life’s action. Jeffrey Tinsley CEO of MyLife stated that he believed that lawsuit was completely without merit.
In the end, MyLife was forced to change its business practices. However, Jeffrey Tinsley has resorted to the same tricks and gimmicks of not only going back on his word and trying the same stunts over and over again with My Life’s unknowing users. My Life now advertises criminal record reports for hundreds of millions of users who have never been in legal trouble whatsoever.
MyLife reported that it had over 60 million active users in 2011. Today, there are pre-generated profiles for over 277,000,000 individuals who gave no consent to the company. Also, nearly every profile contains inaccurate and reputation damaging information. What’s worse is the company propagates these fake profiles into the form of an optimized sitemap which falsely marks each profile as updated on a daily basis all just to keep your information on the front page of google whenever a prospective friend or employer decides to look you up.
So what are you supposed to do about companies like MyLife?
It can sometimes be very difficult to find prosecutors willing to enforce the rules on big websites that aren’t inside their jurisdictions. There are direct legal actions you can take to have your information remove from people finder sites. MyLife will generally comply with cease and desist letters so long as you confirm your identity with their technical support team. They do not provide any streamlined system for doing this and it is very common for them to bounce you around between call-centers with frequent hangups and then ask you to give them money each month in order to hide or modify your profile.