can I publish online?

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    can I publish online?

    I am running a web directory of small business in some specific area, like plumbers, electricians, etc. I bought a list of plumbers (from some marketing company that sells email lists) and uploaded it into my web site. In a while, I got an email from a guy who asked me to remove his profile from, claiming that he has nothing to do with plumbers and there was his home address published on my site. He was kinda not happy with this...

    So can I publish this info on my web site/directory?

    What do I need to do to protect myself from any possible legal issues? like add something into privacy policy or term of use?

    In the future users will signup and publish their profile without my help, but for now, I uploaded their profile myself because I needed some initial content.

    Thank you


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    Publishing their information shouldn't be too big of a deal. If they ask you to remove it, remove it.*For the most part, people will be more appreciative than mad, and this guy just got a little upset. There also might be better, more quality lists to choose from. Also, I'd use that as proof to go back to marketing company to make sure you keep thEm honest.

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    When you put information about a person on the internet without their permission, technically you do potentially put yourself to some legal issues, but they're quite minor for something like this. Obviously if your info is generally correct, then it should be even less of a legal potential problem. The majority of states have passed legislation which limits and puts restrictions on what can and cannot be published online about a person. But most of these laws are more geared toward slander, and things of that nature.

    Also, what state are you in? Many laws are specific to your particular area because some states have passed more strict guidelines for these types of laws. I would certainly recommend putting terms and conditions on the site. You may want to consider speaking to an attorney in your local area regarding some of the particulars of privacy on your area.
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    Thank you very much! I really appreciate it.

    If I need to work on "term of service" and "privacy policies to address this issue, what sections should I look at? just give me some hints.

    is this something about complaints?

    would it help if I write in "term of use" where I got this information from?
    Last edited by Mike JR; 07-07-2012 at 04:11 AM.

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    If he is asking for removing his profile on the site, then it is true that someone have posted that content on the site, if you are not that guy who posted it nothing to worry about it, otherwise you can remove it.

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    I think it's not a big deal.Putting information on the internet about a person is legal.




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    Last edited by markelee; 04-27-2013 at 04:14 PM.