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


It is difficult to comprehend the massive amount of personal data exposed on the internet. And unfortunately, when an individual falls victim to an inevitable data exposure, implications can be long lasting, negatively impacting the individual’s online persona and character.   

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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 be persistent threats to digitally connected individuals across the globe.  A study by Comparitech found that that in the U.S. alone, between 2009 and 2014, a total of 9,600 data breaches were reported. These data breaches resulted in over 10 billion records stolen.  

It seems that we’ve found ourselves in a bit of a dilemma. Technology has allowed society to become more connected than ever before and subsequently increased the risk of data exposure. By simply using internet applications, we’re inadvertently increasing the risk of personal data misuse which can often lead to defamation of character. 

Data Exposure & Defamation of Character 

Accounts of data exposure and personal data misuse on the internet genuinely have misunderstood and long-lasting implications.  Data farmers and data exploiters leverage stolen personal information to post on phony websites to generate ad revenue or make the website seem legitimate.  

Unfortunately, this out-right misuse of personal data leads to character defamation when a business or family member stumbles upon this misrepresentation.  

Furthermore, background checks are now presenting inaccurate results due to personal data misuse. Again, we find an example of character defamation when the individual loses an opportunity due to this misuse. Understandably, this becomes extremely concerning when upwards of 90% of businesses conduct a background check as a pre-employment screening.  

We’ve even seen examples where individuals have been falsely accused of being a sex offender! This false claim sadly led to that individual losing a job opportunity. 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, we’ve made it our mission to provide a solution to this challenge. To address this challenge, we provide individuals with instant insight into where their data resides. 

Further, once that data is discovered, we provide removal steps to get your data removed from these platforms. We’ve made it our mission to help individuals protect against data misuse and incidental defamation of character. 

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

The Presence Global Process: 

  • The Presence Global algorithm will search the internet to uncover places where your personal information is being used or displayed. Our unique process digs deeper than the typical personal information background check. 
  • Once that data is discovered. You’ll have access to removal steps where Presence Global can actively remove the data. 
  • Presence Global’s platform continually checks and updates your account to notify you if your information is being used without your consent 

Next Steps: 

If you’d like to learn where your data is, check out our Presence Global IOS App! Presence Global is currently available on the Apple App Store and coming soon to Android! 

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Founder & CEO @ Presence Global
Dec 24, 2020 6:06:28 PM

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