About my experience in finding my website stolen and used with my name an phone number near porn videos.

August 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am writing something not directing related to documentaries films but extremely important about being advocate of personality rights such as reputation and privacy of individuals.

Doing a research I came across one my old websites which was supposed to be off line at least for more than 3 years. Not only it was weird to find it online but also it was used in a completely misleading way, with links to porn video and photos, a link to a design furniture shop and worse thing, my name and my phone number where there, close to an email that I never knew.

I asked my husband, who works in the web filed, to double check and he confirmed this old website was stolen and badly reused. Therefore he looked for the registration of the owners and the domain.

When we discovered this company was registered in London we called Fraud Police http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ and we reported that fact. They were really polite and kind and I felt really good. They spent a lot of time with me on the phone asking me details in a very sensible and sensitive way.

Before ending the call police advisor suggested to me something that was simple and solving at the same time, they told me to write direct to email of fake owner and to whom hosted the website. I considered this real naive but I did it  anyway.

The day after I was extremely surprised to get an email from a fourth different address which I haven’t had contacted before in reply to mine, which apologized and promised to remove the website in 24 hours. I asked in this email who was who, but no reply. After two hours, the same person wrote to me apologizing again and telling me that the website was removed. All this was very fishy, I mean, how did this person got my email? How did they got my old website? Why they put my name close to porn video? Why using my website with an email which does not exist? No reply to that, but overall, my name and my phone number and my old website were removed. And that’s great.

I called back the police to update them. It was all so quick that I suggest to try to write to people in the case stolen web pages and/or personal details. Sometimes, as in my case, it solves the problem. Even, of course, this problem should not exist at all if people would more respectful of others privacy and reputation.

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