April 05, 2009

Running a Background Check on People

Earlier today I was reading through the latest edition of Haveil Havalim when a link on the side of the page caught my eye and I clicked over.

I found myself reading a review of a service that anyone can hire to conduct background checks on people. It never ceases to amaze me just how much information is readily available to people who wish to find it and I can't say that I am happy about it.

It is not that I am trying to hide deep secrets. If someone from my past wants to find me it is really not that hard to do. I am accessible. But there is something disconcerting about just anyone being able to acquire so much information about me.

Call me paranoid, but I am concerned about identity theft and it bothers me to see that it is so easy to acquire this data without having to provide any sort of cause/justification for it.

What do you think? Does it bother you to know that your personal information is accessible to anyone with DSL and a credit card?


WomanHonorThyself said...

I know..its frightening but when u want to check out someone..you sure can!

Anonymous said...

Totally bothers me!


Twenty Four At Heart said...

It is scary. On the other hand, I was in a serious car accident a few years ago. The guy who hit me fled the state. My lawyer found him in no time ... and I was glad. It's a double-edged sword ....

Jack said...


Very true.


I am not surprised.


That double edge is what concerns me. I think that I'd feel better if there were more controls on it.

Maureen said...

We cannot avoid the fact that in every thing that we do their is always a good and bad impact to us., just like doing a backgroundcheck for a particular people. the advantage of it is like you can easily determine weather that person is bad or good right,and it will give you safety not only for you but also to your family.