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NEWS: Massachusetts State Police Acquire Access to Massive Database

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posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 11:10 AM
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Investigators and Anti-Terrorist units at Boston Logan Airport will soon have access to a vast database of criminal, public, and personal information on the majority of individuals in the United States. While this could serve as an invaluable tool in the screening of travelers in the hunt for potential threats, the availability of the kinds and amount of information has great potential for error and misuse.
 


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… LocatePlus has landed a major deal with the Massachusetts State Police, the Anti-Terrorism Unit and other investigative units stationed at Logan to supply its AnyWhere RIM Blackberry wireless product. The Massachusetts State Police have for some time been using LocatePlus’ motor vehicle records database housed on CD-ROMs, which gives them the ability to do partial searches — such as the color of a car, partial license plate number, make of a vehicle, or a combination of search criteria.

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With the AnyWhere wireless devices, police and other investigative staff at Logan can access LocatePlus’ database of 7 billion records housed in a 33,000-square-foot facility. The database contains information on nearly 98 percent of the U.S. population, including, for example, a person’s prior residence and with whom he or she lived, criminal information, court filings, vehicles owned, and even restricted government data.

Founded in 1989, the company estimates that it has collected information on nearly 98% of the population with data on over 200 million individuals in the United States. This includes, according to its own promotional data, almost all cell phone and unlisted phone numbers in the U.S.. Also included is property and lease information, the theory being that law enforcement could see if an individual under investigation has ever lived with a suspected criminal or potential terrorist. Clients include many of the nation's leading law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Their services are increasingly being used by businesses for employee background checks and banks to verify customer identities. LocatePlus aims to expand its services to offer biometric authentication solutions and cellular telephone 'reverse look-ups'

Privacy proponents and Civil Rights advocates are alarmed at the potential for abuse in putting this amount of information at the fingertips of so many individuals.


www.thestate.com..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow"> The State
If the police went around keeping files on who you lived with and who your roommates were, I think people would be outraged,” said Jay Stanley, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union, “And yet in this case, they’re not doing it, but they’re plugging into a company that is able to do it easily.


LocatePlus:
COMPANY PROFILE The online collaboration solution for Law Enforcement professionals Founded in Beverly, MA in 1996, LocatePLUS.com, Inc. now is the industry leader in providing online investigative solutions to law enforcement, legal and insurance professionals, licensed investigators, and other related businesses.
With billions of online public records available to the investigative community, LocatePLUS.com is emerging as a substantial national database service that has helped fight crime.
LocatePlus

LocatePlus has, in the past, distributed its databases on CD-ROM, but has recently added an online delivery capability via subscription and a pay-per-click option on the website. One of LocatePlus’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, Entersec, offeres similar services aimed at individuals and employers for confirm resume information, screen employees, and run background checks. The data they can provide includes:


SSN# Search: Nationwide

Address History: Nationwide

Bankrutpcy, Tax Liens, Judgments:

Bankruptcies are available in all 50 states.
Tax Liens and Judgments are available only in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbus, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Criminal Conviction Records:

AK, AR,AZ, CA , CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, MS, NE, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA.

The following are offered "offline" and can be checked for an additional fee: AL, IA, NV (Clark County), NM, SD, WI, LA, NH. For more information, please contact us at Entersect.

Note: Most statewide criminal searches include a scan of Registered Sex Offender Records in that state.
www.entersect.net..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow"> EnterSect (LocatePlus subsidiary)



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