There are many “people search” sites and data brokers out there, like Spokeo, or Intelius, that also know a lot about you. This is not news, at least for the Internet-literate. And the information on FamilyTreeNow comes largely from the public records and other legally accessible sources that those other data brokers use. What makes FamilyTreeNow stand out on the creepy scale, though, is how easy the site makes it for anyone to access that information all at once, and free.
"You’ve Probably Never Heard of This Creepy Genealogy Site. But It Knows a Lot About You." is from the January 12, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Abby Ohlheiser and narrated by Jill Melancon.