With the ease of information gathering these days, we are finding that many people are worried about their relevant data availability to the general public. Many information brokering sites aggregate personal information from public records and it’s important to realize that most information is gathered through voluntary release from the individual (e.g., your date of birth from a subscription). Below we provide a checklist of common information that is public and that which requires additional permissions.
Personal public records may include some or all of the following information:
- Birth date/age
- Names and contact information of family members
- Names and contact information of neighbors
- Political party affiliation
- Past arrests, (and current) warrants and wants
- Businesses or websites owned
- Listed telephone numbers
- Email addresses
- Recorded real property records (developed/undeveloped)
- Recorded motor vehicle records (vehicles, aircraft, boats registration)*
- Hunting and fishing licenses
- Credit header (includes name, dob and address, possibly employment)
- Litigation history
*Check your state for publicly available vehicle registration and ownership records release.
Personal information that requires additional permissions:
- Bank records (require a judgment in hand before processing)
- Medical records (require signed HIPAA releases from the individual)
- Doctor’s records
- Hospital records (including ambulance call sheets)
- Urgent care facilities
- Dental records
- Drug and alcohol treatment centers
- Credit score and history (require individual’s signed authorization for release)
- Social Security Number (requires release by the individual)
- Marriage and divorce records (require authorization from one of the parties involved)
- Birth certificates (require the party’s authorization)
- DMV driver’s history (requires the driver’s authorization)
Business/Government Public Records
Business and government public records generally come from information recorded within the business or agency itself. They are often more statistical in nature.
Some information that may be available on a business or government public record include:
- Number of employees
- Fictitious business names
- Collection items
- Business credit score
- Payment history
- Business ownership
Just a point of information with our presidential election drawing near; currently, only your party affiliation is a public record. Several states, including Florida and California, however, are fighting legal battles to have these public records include your choice in each election in which you voted. Aside from marketing purposes by the major parties (and many of those practices are questionable), I see no real necessary purpose for these very personal records to become public fodder.
BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.
As always, be safe.