What types of information can anyone in the world learn about you online?
With simply your first and last name one can find: your full name, date of birth, marriage certificates, death certificates, divorce records, criminal records, bankruptcy status, DUI’s, property records, sex offender information, probate records, and much more.
As scary as it seems, these third party resources like Instant Checkmate and BeenVerified do not provide availability to any information that could not otherwise be accessed easily, by anyone, through the public records department.
One benefit to these data conglomerates is that they require users to log in and pay a fee to access records. This protects your information from popping up in a Google search.
This provides a level of security to your information that is freely available to everyone. Even without the infringement of ones rights or privacy, many still feel the loss of control over their information, though it is a fictitious sense of control.
Social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, allow you to control the privacy of your information. Instant Checkmate and Intelius provide access to a collection of records even if you have not signed up.
This gives the impression of violating our privacy. Luckily, barriers such as log-ins and fees for use implemented by companies cloak your information like a “walled garden”.
Additionally, the trustworthy sites like Instant Checkmate, allow anybody to opt out of being listed on their site, free of charge.
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