Anyone can see how much your job pays through OpenPayrolls.com
Sometimes trying to protect your information is like playing Whack-a-Mole. Suppose one day you discover that an invasive site has put your full name, address and date of birth online. Tap or click here to prevent strangers from finding out where you live and not being able to track you on Google Maps.
After you delete your data, you turn around and realize that yet another website has leaked your information. It’s time to whack the next mole that showed up, and the game will never end because removing your data from a public search website won’t take it away. Your data is still accessible.
There is always another website around the corner willing to share your personal and public information. However, not all sites that release your information do so because they want to make a quick buck. Sometimes other US citizens have the right to know certain things about you in order to keep the government transparent.
Someone recently contacted Komando.com, surprised to find a website with their salary details. It is called Open payroll. Speaking of which, if you ever have a digital query for Kim, send it here.
When a listener of The Kim Komando Show looked herself up, she found a record of a former job. The site even included the amount she earned while working. Here’s a screenshot:
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if described by the FAQ, the purpose of this website is to provide American citizens with access to millions of public records of government and civil servant salaries. It is quite comprehensive and is regularly updated.
All salary data you see comes from the government and government funded agencies. Below the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and public records, they are public records. However, undercover agents and other confidential positions are exempt.
How does this affect you?
It seems that if you are a private employee, you are free. But if you work in some form of government, your salary information may be available as part of the public record. I gave the website a spin; here’s what i found.
I looked myself up and found a job where I worked for a government funded university a while ago. I couldn’t find a way to remove it. And it’s designed that way. OpenPayrolls does not remove public records because that would misrepresent data. It can even lead people to suspect that the government or employer has engaged in misconduct.
OpenPayrolls is a free resource for people who want to understand how their taxes are being used. It may feel like an invasion of privacy, but nothing can be done about it. In the name of transparency, some data must be public.
All someone has to do is look up your name and hit the search button to see how much you earn.
However, there are exceptions
If you think a mistake has been made, you can take action. Perhaps the government or another employer has accidentally released your name and information. Perhaps this information should not have been made public.
You must submit an official affidavit and prove the alleged violation. Here’s a good starting point. Once you submit the official affidavit along with the evidence, OpenPayrolls will work to redact the data.
Do you want to see it for yourself? Tap or click the link below to see if your past or current payrolls are public information:
We’ve covered people-search sites before. If you want to pick up the hammer and play Whack-A-Mole with privacy invading websites, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few sites you should get your records from.
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