Author Archives: Jason Wiseman

Bankruptcy Data and Asset Searching

There are several “flavors” of bankruptcy, commonly known by their chapter number in federal code. A brief overview of the more common ones is as follows: Chapter 7 is for both businesses and consumers. It involves liquidation of assets in order to repay creditors. After the assets have been sold, regardless of whether the debt […]

Bankruptcy Data and PACER

Bankruptcies data, unlike Liens and Judgements, are collected and maintained on a federal level by the United States Bankruptcy Court and is made available through several pubic sources including PACER (

Lien and Judgment Data

Liens and judgments are legal claims made against an individual or business for failure to pay debts owed to creditors. Private companies often collect this information through various methods such as searching public records, conducting interviews, or purchasing data from other sources. The information is then compiled into databases that can be accessed by potential […]

Texas DPS’s Big Oops!

On February 27th 2023, The Texas Tribune reported that the Texas DPS (Department of Public Safety) accidentally sent more than 3,000 drivers licenses to an organized crime group which was targeting Asian Texas. Read the full article here: That’s a lot to unpack! How did this happen, how did they discover it, and what […]

Data Classification: Public Data

So far in this series of Data Classification articles, we’ve talked about each type of data at a glance and have gone in depth on Consumer Marketing Data. This time we’re going to take a deep dive into Public Data. Though the name implies that the data is publicly available (and therefore unrestricted), when we […]

Data Classification: Consumer Marketing Data

As we discussed previously, there are many classifications of data that are commonly used in this industry. We previously gave a broad overview of all the major types: Public, Consumer, and Regulated. In this article, we’ll be exploring the world of Consumer Data in greater depth.

What are the different types of data?

In our line of work, there are many classifications of data available for consumption. In this article we’ll outline each of the major types at a high level. In the subsequent articles, we’ll dive deep into each of them to talk about the nuances involved with each. We should also make it clear that there […]

State Jurisdiction over Tribal Lands

Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court made an unexpected ruling in favor of the State of Oklahoma which sets a brand new precedent. Previously, tribal lands and Indian reservations were subject to only their own legal oversight except for in cases of certain violent crimes and sexual offenses. In the 5-4 decision, the US […]

Human Trafficking Offenses in Background Checks

Within the last year, the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) was revised to include a new section, 15 US Code § 1681c-3, titled “Adverse information in cases of trafficking”   What this section states is that when a victim of human trafficking commits a crime in connection with their trafficking, that crime may no longer […]

CRAs vs Background Screeners?

So what’s the difference between a CRA and a Background Screener, anyway? Well, at the highest level, a CRA is a Consumer Reporting Agency (sometimes called a Credit Reporting Agency – not to be confused with a credit bureau). They follow very specific guidelines around disclosing certain information and notifying the consumer of any adverse […]

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