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Getting Info Removed--How to do it; How not to do it


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Do people trying to sell you services to defend your online reputation really have much to offer? Can they hurt more than help? If so, what is your recourse once they have ruined your name? What services are better/more honest than others?  Well, this is the set of questions we are seeking to answer for our readers. See the topics at right for a full discussion.

General Information

1) Tips for dealing with websites carrying information about you

Reviews of online reputation businesses

1) Reputation Defender, Inc. (based in Kentucky)

Case studies on the business of "reputation defense"

1) Ronnie Segev (a classical pianist)

     a.  [Google search result]

     b.  [digg.com story]

2) Brittan Heller (Yale Law Student) [also, this link]

     a.  [Google search result]

3) Heide (Yale Law Student)

     a.  [Google search result]

     b.  [The original post on xoxohth about Heide Iravani]

     c.  [Another xoxohth post about Heide Iravani]

     d.  [Video resulting from Reputation Defender's
          representation of Heide Iravani]

4) Christine Parascandola (neighborhood activist)

     a. [One blog's reply to ReputationDefender]

     b. [Washington Blade article]

     c. [Washington CityPaper article]

     d. [Google search result]

--> So far, all the known clients of Reputation Defender still have true, publically available information available on the internet. Moreover, all of them have been mentioned in public ways, despite being unknown before. So far, it seems that Reputation Defender sucks at their job, because simple Google searches would lead people to factual information about their clients that people have refused to remove because (duh) it's factual and Reputation Defender has only helped make these issues more of a public record.