Zillow: Our data not used to support new people search website

Zillow: Our data not used to support new people search website

SEATTLE -- In an initial report on KOMONews.com, Zillow.com was listed as an example of the sources for aggregated public information dealing with real estate. But Spokeo co-founder Harrison Tang says Zillow's inclusion in our report was a misunderstanding..

Executives at Zillow.com say consumers can be assured that no one is collecting Zillow data for use on the new search website Spokeo.

Spokeo is a newly launched site  that offers users access to personal information gathered from public sources. In our initial report, which included Spokeo's explanation of its computer database,  Zillow was listed as an example of the sources for aggregated public information dealing with real estate.

But Spokeo co-founder Harrison Tang says Zillow's inclusion in our report was a misunderstanding. In mentioning Zillow and Redfin, Tang says he was only making a comparison, and did not intend to imply that Zillow data was actually being used.

 "We don't provide them with any data and they don't publish Zillow information on their site," said Zillow Communications VP Amy Bohutinisky in an e-mail to KOMO News.  "As a business, we specifically choose not to publish homeowner names on Zillow (even though this is public record), because people who use our site are interested in homes/real estate, not people."