Using the limited information displayed publicly on your boat
(name, homeport & registration
if displayed), how much information can be found out about you using publicly available sources?
It would be interesting to know how countries differ
As an example, my boat
is Australian registered with only the name and home port needed to be displayed. I could find out details of my yacht on the online shipping
registry list, but no ownership
details, so it stops there.
Although as I have a domain name and website in my boats name, a lot more can be found out, but that is of my choosing
Previously I lived in Sweden
and know how much information is in the public domain, so I did a search on a Swedish yacht that was moored near me.
Because it is on the Swedish shipping
registry, I was able to find out the owners name and his home town and from that I could find out -
- Home address and phone number
- His profession
- marital status
- How many cars are owned
- All companies that he either owns or is a director of
- The companies financial figure over the last few years
- I could also find out the same about everyone else at that address..
Of the 4 people onboard the yacht, I could with a high level of confidence say I knew the name of three of them.
The lack of privacy does not stop there. I could pay one of many companies for additional information, like salary, credit scoring etc although in these cases a letter does go to the person informing that I made the inquiry.
It is frightening in Sweden
about how public everything is and I do feel kind of relieved never living there again
How about your country?