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Pike, George H. (2008) Offers Free Access to Criminal Records. Information Today NewsBreaks & the Weekly News Digest. ISSN 8755-6286 (Submitted)

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It recently has become much easier to find out whether your daughter’s boyfriend or your new neighbor has a criminal record. (, a new advertiser supported service from, now provides free access to criminal records from all 50 states and 3,500 counties across the search. Criminal records, which can include arrest records, court filings, “rapsheets”, inmate records, and similar information, are all public records. Many of these records have been available electronically for a number of years. However, with limited exceptions, these records have generally been only available through secure databases. The availability of public records on the Internet has been and continues to raise privacy and liability concerns, and this latest development is no exception.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Submitted
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Pike, George H.
Date: 11 August 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Information Today NewsBreaks & the Weekly News Digest
Publisher: Learned Information, Inc., Medford, NJ
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law
School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: criminal, records, public, records, free, access, Internet, access, non-secure, databases, privacy, rights, privacy, concerns, liability, reliability, accuracy, misinterpretation
ISSN: 8755-6286
Official URL:
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2010 14:24
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55


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