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Naked in cyberspace : how to find personal information online
Lane, Carole A.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Medford, N.J. : CyberAge Books/Information Today, [2002]

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xxvii, 587 ; 24 cm
Personal records in cyberspace. Welcome to cyberspace (check your clothes at the door) -- Database searching -- The Internet, consumer online systems, and personal information -- A few sample searches -- A word about privacy -- How personal records are used. Locating people -- Pre-employment screening -- Recruitment and job searching -- Tenant screening -- Asset searches -- Competitive intelligence -- Identifying an expert -- Prospect research (fundraising) -- Private investigation -- Types of personal records. Biographies -- General indices -- Telephone directories -- Staff, professional, and other directories -- Mailing lists -- News -- Photographic images -- Quotations -- Bank records -- Business credit and company financial records -- Consumer credit records -- Criminal justice records -- Department of motor vehicles -- Death records -- Tax records -- Medical and insurance records -- Public records -- Adoption records -- Celebrity records -- Genealogical records -- Political records -- We the people -- Where can I find more information? Books -- Periodicals -- Organizations -- Appendices.
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Surveying the types of personal records that are available on the Internet and through online services, this encyclopedic book explains how researchers find and use personal data, identifies the most useful sources of information about people, and offers advice for those with privacy concerns. Researchers will learn how to use online tools and databases to gain competitive intelligence, locate and investigate people, access public records, identify experts, find new customers, recruit employees, search for assets, uncover criminal records, and conduct genealogical research. Added to this updated edition is a more comprehensive listing of all vendors of public records.

Author Notes

Carole A. Lane is the owner of TechnoSearch, Inc. a technology research firm. She lives in Vista, California.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Everyone needs information about someone else from time to time. Probate attorneys need to contact heirs, collection agents need to find debtors, genealogists need to trace ancestors, and librarians often need to locate biographies for their patrons. Lane, who founded her own information brokerage in 1993, explains the mysteries of mailing lists, telephone directories, and news databases, as well as bank records, consumer credit records, criminal justice databases, vehicle registrations, death and tax records, and a host of other sources containing public information. The word online in the subtitle is slightly misleading, since many of Lane's database sources are CD-ROM-format subscriptions. Lane is well versed in privacy laws and warns that computerized personal data is getting easier to collect and harder to conceal (on accessibility see David Freedman and Charles Mann's At Large [BKL Je 1 & 15 97]). Since Web sites change frequently, Lane provides an updated list to the URLs mentioned in the book at http: // --George Eberhart

Choice Review

Subtitled "How to Find Personal Information Online," this book is so thorough it could serve as a primer for a private investigator. (Ironically, the foreword was written by Beth Givens of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.) Subjects covered include locating people, preemployment screening, recruitment and job searching, competitive intelligence, private investigations, consumer credit records, and criminal justice records, among many others. Lane, an informational professional, shows step-by-step how to investigate people, access public records, find genealogical information, and identify prospective customers. However, an inherent problem with books written about the Internet is its dynamic, changing nature. A visit to the first Web site mentioned in the book resulted in the unwelcome "The page cannot be displayed " message; Web addresses can change or disappear altogether before books get published. Nevertheless, Naked in Cyberspace is a valuable resource because it so thoroughly covers Internet search strategies. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All collections. T. M. Yeager West Virginia University

Table of Contents

Beth Givens
Forewordp. xxiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
About the Web Sitep. xxvii
Section I. Personal Records in Cyberspace
1 Welcome to Cyberspace (Check Your Clothes at the Door)p. 3
How This Book Is Organizedp. 6
What Type of Research Interests You?p. 7
Types of Personal Recordsp. 7
Where Can I Find More Information?p. 8
2 Database Searchingp. 9
Equipment and Softwarep. 9
Types of Online Database Vendorsp. 10
Types of Datap. 11
Search Languages and Methodsp. 12
Online Database Pricing and Feesp. 15
Copyright and Resalep. 16
Errors and Omissionsp. 16
Information Professionals or Brokersp. 17
3 The Internet, Consumer Online Systems, and Personal Informationp. 19
What the Internet Is Notp. 20
What Kinds of Personal Information Can You Find on the Internet and Consumer Online Systems?p. 21
4 A Few Sample Searchesp. 27
Locating a Personp. 27
Searching for Assetsp. 28
A Background Profilep. 32
5 A Word About Privacyp. 39
Privacy Lawsp. 39
Technology and Personal Informationp. 41
A Last Word About Privacyp. 43
Section II. How Personal Records Are Used
6 Locating Peoplep. 47
Getting Startedp. 49
The Problems with Namesp. 50
Databases Usedp. 53
Summaryp. 58
7 Pre-Employment Screeningp. 59
What Is Pre-Employment Screening?p. 60
Professional Licenses, Certifications, and Registrationsp. 61
Motor Vehicle Recordsp. 61
FAA Airmenp. 67
Consumer Credit Recordsp. 67
An Alternative Social Security Number Screening Devicep. 68
Earnings Historyp. 68
Education Verificationp. 69
Employment Historyp. 69
Worker's Compensation Historyp. 70
Occupational Safety and Health Administration Recordsp. 70
Medical Recordsp. 70
Public Recordsp. 70
Combined Pre-Employment Searchesp. 71
Other Pre-Employment Databasesp. 71
Summaryp. 71
8 Recruitment and Job Searchingp. 73
Job Seekersp. 73
Job Openingsp. 75
Summaryp. 77
9 Tenant Screeningp. 79
Credit Recordsp. 79
Public Recordsp. 80
Tenant Databasesp. 80
Summaryp. 80
10 Asset Searchesp. 83
Who Needs an Asset Search?p. 83
What Types of Records Are Available?p. 84
What's Missing?p. 89
Summaryp. 90
11 Competitive Intelligencep. 93
Who's Who?p. 93
Corporate Musical Chairsp. 93
Current Awarenessp. 94
Where Have They Been? What Have They Done?p. 94
What Are They Thinking?p. 95
Stock Ownershipp. 96
Business Predictions Hidden in Public Recordsp. 96
Summaryp. 97
12 Identifying an Expertp. 99
How Are Experts Used?p. 99
How Can You Identify an Expert?p. 101
Summaryp. 109
13 Prospect Research (Fundraising)p. 111
Newsp. 111
Campaign Contributionsp. 112
Public Recordsp. 112
Telephone Directory Databasesp. 112
Mailing Listsp. 112
Foundations and Grants Databasesp. 112
Summaryp. 113
14 Private Investigationp. 115
Public Recordsp. 115
Motor Vehicle Recordsp. 116
Telephone Directoriesp. 116
Not All Private Investigators Use Databasesp. 116
The Internetp. 117
Further Informationp. 117
Section III. Types of Personal Records
15 Biographiesp. 121
Biographical Book Directoriesp. 121
Biographical Booksp. 123
Encyclopediasp. 124
Biographical Index Directoriesp. 125
Biographical Directoriesp. 125
Biographical Newsp. 128
The Internetp. 132
16 General Indicesp. 133
Dialindexp. 133
Family Finder Indexp. 137
Public Records Indicesp. 138
17 Telephone Directoriesp. 141
Geographic Differencesp. 141
Residential vs. Businessp. 141
Subject Areap. 141
Currentnessp. 141
Accuracyp. 142
Added Contentp. 142
Search Capabilitiesp. 143
Use Restrictionsp. 143
Pricep. 143
Telephone Directories on the Internetp. 144
For Further Informationp. 144
18 Staff, Professional, and Other Directoriesp. 147
Staff Directoriesp. 147
Professional Directoriesp. 148
Ancillary Directoriesp. 148
19 Mailing Listsp. 151
Telephone Directoriesp. 151
Other Directoriesp. 152
Magazine Subscriptionsp. 153
Associations and Membership Groupsp. 153
Call-Ins/Write-Ins/Buyersp. 154
Warranty Registration Cardsp. 157
Friends and Familyp. 157
Telephone Inquiriesp. 157
Attendeesp. 158
Donorsp. 158
Government Agenciesp. 158
Public Recordsp. 159
Online Mailing Lists and Spamp. 160
Mailing List Swappingp. 160
Finding an Existing Mailing Listp. 161
Mailing List Expensesp. 162
Stopping the Junk Mail and Telemarketing Callsp. 162
20 Newsp. 165
News Directoriesp. 165
Newspapersp. 166
Newswiresp. 167
Magazinesp. 168
Journalsp. 169
Zinesp. 170
Newslettersp. 171
Television and Radio Transcriptsp. 172
Combined News Databasesp. 173
News Clipping Services, Current Awareness, and Selective Dissemination of Informationp. 174
Online Newsgroupsp. 174
21 Photographic Imagesp. 177
Photo Stock Agenciesp. 177
News Servicesp. 178
Business Periodicals and Magazinesp. 178
Missing Children and Loved Onesp. 178
Criminalsp. 179
Photos Included in Other Databasesp. 179
Videop. 180
22 Quotationsp. 181
Speech Databasesp. 181
Quotations Databasesp. 182
Professional and Technical Papers Presentedp. 182
Published Articlesp. 183
Published Booksp. 183
Political Speechesp. 183
College Dissertationsp. 183
23 Bank Recordsp. 185
Personal Bank Accountsp. 185
Unclaimed Fundsp. 187
Business Bank Accountsp. 187
24 Business Credit and Company Financial Recordsp. 191
Public Recordsp. 191
Sources of Business Financial Informationp. 192
25 Consumer Credit Recordsp. 193
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)p. 193
Credit Databasesp. 193
Searching the Credit Filesp. 201
Credit Agency Reportsp. 202
Consumer Credit History Reportsp. 202
Employment Reportsp. 205
Collection Reportsp. 205
Consumer Reportsp. 205
Address Update Reportsp. 205
Address Verification Reportsp. 207
Social Security Number Search Reportsp. 207
Fraud Alert/Prevention/Detection Reportsp. 207
Examples of Additional Credit Servicesp. 208
Credit Bureausp. 209
Consumer Rightsp. 209
Requesting a Copy of Your Credit Reportp. 210
Foreign Consumer Credit Recordsp. 213
Limitations on the Records Displayed on Credit Reportsp. 213
Summaryp. 217
26 Criminal Justice Recordsp. 219
Criminal Justice Databasesp. 220
Other Uses for Criminal Recordsp. 230
International Criminal Justice Organizationsp. 230
Criminal Justice Bulletin Boards and Web Sitesp. 232
For Further Informationp. 232
27 Department of Motor Vehiclesp. 237
Identifying Information on Individualsp. 237
Driver's License Datap. 238
Driving Recordsp. 238
Vehicle Registrationsp. 239
Vessel Registrationsp. 240
Vehicle/Vessel Historiesp. 241
Problem Driver Pointer Systemp. 241
How to Access DMV Records Onlinep. 241
Regulations on Accessing DMV Recordsp. 242
28 Death Recordsp. 243
Social Security Death Indexp. 243
Public Records Vendorsp. 244
Cemetery Recordsp. 245
War Recordsp. 246
Deaths in the Newsp. 246
Deaths in Other Databasesp. 247
29 Tax Recordsp. 249
Franchise Tax Recordsp. 249
Board of Equalization Records (or State Sales Tax Board)p. 249
Property Tax Recordsp. 250
Income Tax Records Within Public Recordsp. 250
30 Medical and Insurance Recordsp. 251
Medical Registriesp. 252
Access to Medical Recordsp. 254
Medical Insurance Databasesp. 255
Public Recordsp. 255
Motor Vehicle Recordsp. 256
Worker's Compensation Recordsp. 257
Newsp. 257
Mailing Listsp. 257
OSHA Recordsp. 258
Medical Details Viewed by the Worldp. 259
Concern for the Futurep. 259
31 Public Recordsp. 261
Limitations of Online Public Recordsp. 261
Types of Public Records Available Onlinep. 263
Court Records Systemsp. 279
Other Types of Records Available from Public Records Vendors and County Sitesp. 280
Other Services Available from Public Records Vendorsp. 284
Summaryp. 284
32 Adoption Recordsp. 287
Adoption/Reunion Registriesp. 287
News Groupsp. 291
Adoption Informationp. 292
Adoption/Reunion Publicationsp. 292
Adoption Legislationp. 292
Children Available for Adoptionp. 292
33 Celebrity Recordsp. 295
Biographies and Creditsp. 295
Upcoming Projectsp. 303
Contact Information and Business Relationshipsp. 304
Newsp. 305
Online News Groupsp. 307
Internet Sitesp. 307
Celebrity Deathsp. 308
Summaryp. 309
34 Genealogical Recordsp. 311
Softwarep. 311
Standard Genealogical Record Formatsp. 312
Soundex Codesp. 313
Where to Get Startedp. 314
Genealogical Registries (Pedigrees)p. 317
Census Recordsp. 318
Church Recordsp. 320
Announcements (Newspaper, Meeting, Etc.)p. 320
Family Bible Recordsp. 321
Birth Recordsp. 321
Marriage Recordsp. 322
Death Recordsp. 322
Immigration Recordsp. 323
Land (Real Property or Deed) Recordsp. 324
Military Recordsp. 324
Combined Recordsp. 326
Summaryp. 326
35 Political Recordsp. 329
Political Newsp. 329
Political Directoriesp. 330
Biographiesp. 331
Voting Records/Politicsp. 331
Moneyp. 332
Eventsp. 334
Government Documentsp. 335
36 We the Peoplep. 337
Census Recordsp. 337
Other Demographic and Statistical Databasesp. 339
Census Projectionsp. 340
Foreign Census Records, Demographics, and Statisticsp. 340
Demographic and Statistical Publicationsp. 341
Summaryp. 341
Section IV. Where Can I Find More Information?
Booksp. 345
Adoptee/Birthparent Search Guidesp. 345
Background Research/Investigative Reporting Booksp. 345
Genealogical Research Guidesp. 347
Internet/Web Searching Booksp. 350
Locating Peoplep. 350
Mailing List Directoriesp. 350
Privacy, Security, and Freedom of Information Booksp. 351
Public Records Research Guidesp. 354
Periodicalsp. 355
Adoptee/Birthparent Search Publicationsp. 355
Competitive and Business Intelligence Publicationsp. 356
Fundraising/Prospect Research Publicationsp. 356
Genealogical Research Publicationsp. 358
Investigative Journalism & Private Investigative Publicationsp. 361
Mailing Lists/Direct Marketing Publicationsp. 362
Online Research and Database Publicationsp. 363
Pre-Employment Screening and Recruitment Publicationsp. 364
Privacy and Computer Security Publicationsp. 365
Property Management Publicationsp. 369
Organizationsp. 371
Adoptee/Birthparent Search Organizationsp. 371
Asset Search Organizationsp. 406
Consumer Credit Associationsp. 406
Fundraising/Prospect Research Organizationsp. 406
Genealogical Research Associationsp. 414
Investigative Journalism and Private Investigative Organizationsp. 444
Organizations Involved in Privacy Rights, Computer Privacy, or Freedom of Informationp. 447
Process Server Associationsp. 450
Professional Research Associations That Are Knowledgeable About Online Searchingp. 450
Property Management Organizationsp. 452
Public Records Research Organizationsp. 455
Skip-Tracer and Collection Agency Associationsp. 455
Tenant Screening Associationsp. 456
Appendix A Databases That Include Biographiesp. 457
Appendix B Book Directory Databasesp. 463
Appendix C Business Credit and Company Financial Databasesp. 469
Appendix D Professional and Staff Directory Databasesp. 483
Appendix E Other Directory Databases Containing Employee Informationp. 487
Appendix F General Encyclopedia Databasesp. 493
Appendix G News Databasesp. 495
Appendix H Databases That Include Photographsp. 509
Appendix I Databases Containing Quotations and/or Speechesp. 515
Appendix J Telephone Directoriesp. 521
Appendix K Adoption and Reunion Registriesp. 525
Appendix L Consumer Online Systemsp. 537
Appendix M Public Records Producers and Vendorsp. 539
Appendix N Other Database Vendorsp. 543
Appendix O Companies and Associations That Can Help to Remove Your Name from Mailing and Telephone Listsp. 551
Appendix P Have I Missed Anything?p. 555
About the Authorp. 557
Indexp. 559