posted on Apr, 20 2014 @ 02:18 PM
I can say the databases I had access to while helping my father do private investigation work for background checking were comprehensive. They were
civilian, not Government and went by names like Merlin, IRB and Querydata. A couple have merged and at least one isn't there anymore...but they were
all Tier 1 data sources. By that, I mean, record runs were cents to $1 per run (wholesale, professional pricing..not consumer rips on each search) and
there was very little it didn't cover. CCW records....Voter registration records... UCC and civil court filings... Personal history and auto-
indexing of family relations as far as 10 places from the target start point. It was amazing....
I have to add something tho...and it's what I listen for when people claim to have had access to these same things. A little detail few who use them
will admit, media won't even talk about (because they use them too) and it may be hard to believe.
Despite normally having full SSN's, DOB and personal details of each person I had to run, it was STILL maybe...MAYBE...60% accurate. It took an art,
not a science to determine what mattered within that 40% and what was junk to other people or artifacts like ghosts in the machine all together.
NCIC is the Governments form of all those data services combined for Law Enforcement across the nation. One of my relatives worked in a local
emergency services dispatch center to see the lowest levels of NCIC, which he told me was accurate more than not...but not often enough to note. Cops
I've asked, who see much higher levels than he ever could have at dispatch, tell me it's closer to 20-25% slop in that system.
75% accurate may sound good..and it is..if it's a curiosity run on an old lover to see what came of them. It's tragic and can be catastrophic to
real lives in the real world with 25% flat wrong.....
So...No.. I wouldn't advocate open access to all public records with no effort or skill required to find and use them. There is TOO much "experience
matters" to interpreting them and too much REAL damage to be done by people who can't manage that, and go off thinking they saw 100% reliable
information..when none of it is.