Featured Article: GDPR: A Year in Review: Part 1

Closeup of padlocks laid out on document containing GDPR legislative text.

It’s been one year since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was implemented. We wanted to see what other regulations have passed since then as a result. What seedlings have sprouted?

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The importance of credentialing: A case study

Part of our credentialing process is to make sure that there is one “responsible party” on file. This is the person who signs on the dotted line saying that they will not abuse the service, that they’ll pay the bill, and all that fun stuff. Read More »

How long does it take for a new address to appear in our data?

Changing your address

Believe it or not, this is a question we don’t get asked very much – and you’d think we would! It’s a very important measure of data quality. If I move to a new house today, how long will it take for that new address to appear on USInfoSearch? What sorts of changes might cause that new address to appear on USInfoSearch?

The short answer? Around 2 weeks. The long answer? That all depends…

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How do we protect our data?

Data Security

Data security is a big concern in today’s world. So how does USInfoSearch secure its data from unauthorized access?

2-Factor Authentication – All accounts on USInfoSearch are protected using 2-factor authentication. When you enter your username and password, we’ll send you a text message with a validation code. You’ll have just a few minutes to enter that code in order to complete the login process. This ensures that only the account holder can gain access to our data and your account.

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Understanding DPPA

DPPA Data

What is the DPPA?

DPPA stands for “Driver’s Privacy Protection Act” and it prevents people from using DMV data for non-approved purposes. Permitted purposes include vehicle recalls, government use, use by insurance companies, vehicle towing, toll roads, and more. To read the full list of permitted purposes, see this wikipedia article.

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What is BLJ Data and Where Does it Come From?

Dollars!

“BLJ” stands for “Bankruptcies, Liens, and Judgments.” They are civil court records that include information such as: amount owed, date filed, filing number, court name, chapter (for bankruptcies), and case status. Lien and Judgment records are filed on a per-county basis and are therefore hard to get complete coverage for. Bankruptcies are all filed through the federal government and, as a result, tend to be more comprehensive and complete.

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How do I best find the person I’m looking for?

And other frequently asked questions – an interview with our CTO

AJ Holloway (Linkedin) has been working with USInfoSearch.com for nearly 10 years and has been heading up the IT department with his team of developers the entire time. Nobody knows our web product better than he does, so we decided to borrow some of his time to quiz him on some of our more frequently asked questions. Here’s what he had to say!

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Why can’t I search for celebrities?

Some privacy, please?

And when can I?

Believe it or not, this is actually a more common question than you’d think. Often times people are testing our data and want to see “how good it actually is.” They’ve already tried searching themselves and now they’d like to see what comes back for someone else. But who… Unfortunately, celebrities often pop into people’s heads for this task – after all, they are popular and do immediately come to mind. So what’s wrong with searching for a celebrity?

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What could the CCPA mean for us?

Consumer data is set for change

The consumer blowback after the major privacy scandals in the last few years bore fruit in 2018 with the passing of GDPR 2016 (General Data Protection Regulation) in the EU (implemented this year). Now the US sees new major controls on data privacy with the passing of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown for those in the Golden State. So what will change?
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Who is the head of household?

How we define head of household

And why?

Once the household is defined, it makes sense to select one member as a ‘head of household.’  Ideally, the person selected will be the primary decision-maker in the home, so, how does a data provider decide who is the most likely household member to be the primary decision-maker? Read More »


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