Wavelength works with data gatherers to source data on constituents from across the internet. These data gatherers operate legally and ethically and abide by end users privacy settings.
How does it work?
The data gatherers Wavelength works with operate like Google. Google crawls sites based on the website settings and an individual's privacy settings with that website. Individuals do not approve their data policies directly with companies like Google or Pipl. They approve their data privacy policies with the organization that hosts their data (e.g. Facebook, Linkedin, Angellist etc). If their privacy settings or the website's (e.g. Facebook) change, Google and our data gatherers re-index.
In other words, Wavelength's provider's data solutions return links to social web pages that are already publicly available and discoverable by any public search engines, like Google or Bing. If a user changes their permissions at the service, to make their information hidden to public searches, our provider's engine will not find or index those links.
Google and Wavelength's provider determine what they can/cannot crawl based on the robots.txt file that the website provides and the data that the website has decided to expose.