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September 28, 2010 03:15 ET

kgb Launches People Search Engine in Austria Locates Personal Information on the Web and Helps Consumers Manage Their Reputations Online For Free

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) -  kgb, the global information services company, today announced the launch in Austria of, a free people search engine that enables consumers to conduct an extremely comprehensive online search for any name. Consumers searching for long lost relatives, friends, potential employees or mentions of their own name can use, which searches social networks (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing) as well as numerous other sources including video sites.

Using advanced searching and spidering techniques to find relevant information, also promises to bring consumers a one-stop destination for creating and managing their own online profile in an era when social media and the Web have made reputation management more difficult than ever.

"With, one can, within seconds, see the complete Internet profile of just about anyone, including themselves," said Trevor Saadi, Head of Online Business at kgb. "kgbpeople also gives consumers the opportunity to edit the information that is returned by creating a profile and commenting on each result." 

Saadi added: "For consumers, kgbpeople should prove particularly useful in instances where online information that others may see about them is wrong, outdated, or about someone else entirely. Consumers using kgbpeople can set alerts so that they receive an email whenever their name comes up on a long list of Web sites, search engines, and social media sites.

"Consumers can also set up personal profiles that enable them to refute information that may be wrong or damaging to their reputations. In an era where reputation management is increasingly difficult, kgbpeople can help consumers protect themselves, and respond quickly to misinformation online."

About kgb

kgb is a privately held, New York-based company and the world's largest independent provider of directory assistance and enhanced information services. During its nineteen year history, kgb has built some of the most successful brands in the telecommunications, customer care and enhanced information services sectors. kgb's European brands include The Number 118 118 in the United Kingdom and Le Numero 118 218 in France, both of which are leading players in their respective markets.

kgb has pioneered the provision of a broad range of wholesale and retail information services beyond traditional directory assistance services, including call completion, movie listings, train schedules, price comparisons and "Ask Us Anything" service across multiple platforms, including mobile and landline phones, SMS and the Internet. In 2009, kgb launched its text answer service, 542542 (kgbkgb) following the success of kgb's similar "Ask Us Anything" premium text answer service in the United Kingdom. Early in 2010, kgb extended the brand to the Web with the launch of, a site where users can search the vast kgb database of questions and answers, or ask their own question directly to a kgb Special Agent. kgb's customer care business operates in the U.S. and Europe and has over ten years of experience in providing call center support for many leading customer service and sales-oriented organizations across a variety of industry groups, including telecommunications, cable, utilities, government, and health care.

In 2010, kgb harnessed its database of hyper-local directory assistance information to launch, a coupon deal site that brings its members a daily discount on popular products and services. Also in 2010 in the U.S. and Europe, kgb launched people search engine that enables consumers to monitor their profile on the Web, set alerts, and manage their reputation online. Last year kgb served more than a hundred million consumers globally and answered hundreds of millions of questions.

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