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See for yourself: Sites that invade privacy



Published: Sat, August 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Thanks to the Internet, what used to be oh-so-private is out there for everyone to read. Just log on to these Web sites to see what people are saying -- possibly about you.

DONTDATEHIMGIRL.COM

Who's talking: Angry women, feeling wronged, post pictures and descriptions of past boyfriends.

Creator: Tasha Joseph, a Miami public relations consultant.

So you'll know: A couple of postings, done anonymously, are clearly for fun. They name Jude Law and singer Eric Benet, infamous for their indiscretions. The Benet posting reads: "He even cheated on actress Halle Berry, so you know he'll cheat on you!"

RATEMYTEACHERS.COM

Who's talking: Students praise or criticize their teachers, or a little of both.

Creator: One-time substitute teacher Michael Hussey of New York City, who partnered with two teachers.

So you'll know: Roughly 700 schools block the site on their computers. They're listed on the site's Wall of Shame. Teachers also don't always play fair. A few have been caught trying to boost their ratings.

GREATBOYFRIENDS.COM

Who's talking: Proud moms, gal pals and amiable ex-girlfriends offer profiles of men they consider a catch.

Creator: Elle magazine advice columnist E. Jean Carroll and her sister Cande Carroll.

So you'll know: "Unless we go to the house and check, we don't know [who's posting]," E. Jean Carroll says. "I'm not saying some guy hasn't put himself on there, too. We've caught a couple."

CHEATERNEWS.COM

Who's talking: People unlucky in love name names and give details of alleged dirty deeds.

Creator: Jim Warren, a Detroit marketing consultant.

So you'll know: The 2-month-old site gets about 600 page views daily.

PICKAPROF.COM

Who's talking: Students rate professors and post comments about teaching styles and homework demands. (The site is available only to those affiliated with the schools.)

Creators: John Cunningham and Chris Chilek, two Austin, Texas, computer entrepreneurs.

So you'll know: Grade-conscious students also get info on professors' grading histories, which show percentages of A's, B's, etc.




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