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The Secret “Big Brother” Database

Posted in News & Events, News Articles on 07/02/2008

Many people are under the impression that there is a “Big Brother” database where someone can “plug in” a social security number and all the information on your applicants that you could possibly want would appear.  You would get a full listing of all employment information, student records, credit history, and probably what they had for breakfast last week.  If it were that simple there would be a whole lot of companies who specialize in background screening that would be put out of business.  The truth is that there is no such database or stockpile of personal records.

Social security numbers are rarely used for criminal records, and if they are used, it is only a secondary identifier to confirm records that were found belong to the applicant that has been screened.  Our court systems in America are based on name and date of birth.  Employments records are generally found by social security number and some schools maintain the social security number.  However, many schools are no longer using socials as an identifier because of security and identity issues.  For that reason it is very important to obtain the person’s full name and date of birth, as well as any maiden or alternate names that they may have used.  Only solid checking by calling in to companies, schools, and courts will give you a true picture of the candidate you are screening.

For more information on the background screening process, contact BackTrack at 800-991-9694.