Defamation of Character and How to Spot Misuse of Personal Online Information

Is your online information being used to defame you? This article introduces how the Presence Global app enables you to locate your data, decide whether it is being misused, and then act to delete the data from undesirable locations.

Introduction

It is difficult to comprehend how truly massive is the amount of personal data exposed on the internet. Unfortunately, when a user’s data inevitably is exposed, the consequences can be negative and long lasting. The consequences can include significant harm to an online persona (defamation), one’s character, and even the sense of one’s identity.  

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Identity theft can lead to defamation of character. Photo by Clint Patterson on Unsplash

Every day, identity theft and online defamation of character continue to threaten harm to digitally connected individuals across the globe. A study by Comparitech found that in the U.S. alone, between 2009 and 2014, a total of 9,600 data breaches were reported. These data breaches resulted in the theft of over 10 billion digital records.  

It seems we’ve found ourselves in a bit of a dilemma. Technology has allowed us to become highly connected but with serious risks from data exposure. Simply by using internet applications, we inadvertently increase the risk that our personal data will be misused, and this misuse can easily lead to defamation of character.

Data Exposure & Defamation of Character 

Accounts of the exposure and misuse of personal data on the internet indicate that defamation of character is genuinely misunderstood and has implications for its long-lasting effects. 

Data farmers and data exploiters leverage stolen or purchased personal information. They post ill-gotten personal data on phony websites to generate ad revenue or make their website seem more legitimate than what it is.  Unfortunately, when a business, employer, or loved one stumbles upon a misrepresentation created by this misused personal data, character defamation is the result.

Defamation also can cause background checks to give inaccurate results in the future due to the misuse of personal data. Inaccurate background checks can cause an individual to lose an opportunity due to this misuse. Understandably, this is extremely concerning when upwards of 90% of businesses conduct a background check as a pre-employment screening.  

We’ve seen the nightmare where individuals have been falsely accused of being a sex offender. For example, the mistaken identity in one case led to an individual losing his opportunity for affordable (tax-supported) housing as well as his place in the waiting list even though mistaken identity was clearly proven. We need a better way of finding and removing our sensitive data misused and misrepresented on the internet.  

Steps to Check if Your Personal Information is Being Misused on the Internet 

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Defamation of Character: Is your online information being used against you?

At Presence Global, our mission is to:

  • Protect against data misuse and the possibility of incidental defamation of your character
  • Resolve the conflict between wanting the benefits but not the risks of life online

To help accomplish this mission, our app first provides insight into where your data resides around the internet.  Subsequently, you use the steps in the app for removing your data from undesirable platforms (see the outline of steps in “The Global Presence Process,” below).

Our blogs also help with the mission by making you an informed, savvy user of the internet. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said. “There is no knowledge that is not power.”

If you’re interested in reading more, here are 4 things Presence can do for you!

The Presence Global Process: 

Our patent-pending process digs deeper than the typical personal information background check:

  • The Presence Global algorithm thoroughly searches the internet to uncover the places where your metadata is being used or displayed.
  • After your metadata is discovered, you use the Presence Global removal tool to remove the data from each place you choose. 
  • Presence Global’s platform regularly checks* and updates your account and notifies you if your information is being used without consent.

* The frequency of checks depends on the service you choose.

Next Steps: 

To learn where your metadata is, check out the Presence Global App for IOS at the Apple App Store or Android at Google Play!

Join the Movement #PrivacyFirst

By Mukul Kumar Founder & CEO @ Presence Global

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