Personal Information Posted Without Permission
December 24, 2010 11:06 PM Subscribe
I'm a massage therapist whose contact information and professional credentials were posted, without my permission or knowledge, on an erotic services site. How do I get my ad taken down?
posted by parrot_person to law & government (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently got my massage therapist's license in the state I just moved to. I've been practicing for a few weeks now. Recently I found out that my legit massage ad had been posted on an erotic site. Infuriating, as it contains my contact information and license number and I'm suddenly having to field inappropriate calls, and confusing as the ad (as exactly reproduced from a legitimate site I posted on) does not in the least vaguely imply that I'd do erotic massage, nor does it include pictures of me.
I contacted the actual site itself, naughtynw.com, and received an auto-reply that no one is in the office between Dec 22 and Dec 28th. I contacted the abuse email at their host, SpeakEasy.net, and have received no reply. Meanwhile, my professional reputation is in jeopardy and I'm being actively misrepresented against my will. If I Google the email address I had been using for my business, the very first search result is for the page on NaughtyNW. But I can't get it removed from Google until I get it removed from the site itself, according to the Google Help section.
My questions: What is my next step? I cannot afford a lawyer, not even a short consultation with one. And anyone have any idea how/why this happened? Is there some sort of cross-posting happening here? The legit ad I posted was on TheStranger.com, which seems to be affiliated with NaughtyNW.