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OK, as promised, we’ll get further into the differences between online background check services

The most important issue to establish from the start is permissible usage.  In other words, does the background check vendor require you to qualify before using their service?  Virtually none of the online pay for background check reports services do.  Why?  Because they aren’t required to since their information is strictly garnered from public domain information.  In other words, these reports come from anywhere on the internet.  It could be Facebook, a blog or who knows?

I have to say that there can be valuable information gained from these public domain services but there is a fundamental issue at hand.  Since these vendors do not guarantee whatsoever the information in their reports, what information is true or incorrect or simply missing?

Back to permissible usage.  As an example:  To conduct a government grade background check, larger businesses will receive a code once qualified on protocol.  This generally specifies they have permissible use authorization to conduct pre employment background checks.


Companies, organizations and anyone employing contractors or employees have permissible authorization to receive a background check report if complying to regulations.

Individuals looking for missing family, hiring contractors, prospective family members, nannies, babysitters, etc. can qualify.  If you need to protect your finances, security or safety, you generally have permissible use authorization.

Even the highest level data we use can be subject to error.  Our data is refreshed daily to bring the absolute latest information to our clients.  Stale information that is the norm for the public domain vendors can be months and even years old.  Not something to rely on once again if needing a serious background report.

Next entry will go into what certifies a background report for some agencies requirements, costs of services, time in turnaround and more, thanks.

Dave Moody

Destiny Private Investigation

Huntington Beach, Ca

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