The P-TRAK Database / People Finder


Date:    Thu, 19 Sep 1996 17:19:23 -0400
From:    MJXanders 
Subject: Re: Personal Information on Lexis

If you're concerned about the P-TRAK database, you should know there's
another large database that may contain your social security number, as
well as names of your household members and neighbors.

WESTLAW sells a commercial database called "PEOPLE FINDER" which holds
detailed personal information on nearly all Americans (WESTLAW claims it
contains 160 million people, 92 million households, 69 million telephone
numbers, and 40 million deceased-person records).

You can read WESTLAW's own description of this product at

http://www.westpub.com/PubRecWL/prwldocn.htm [see below for new URL]

According to WESTLAW, here's what PEOPLE FINDER contains:  "Besides
basic name, address and telephone number data, People Finder may provide an
individual's age, gender and social security number; the names and ages
of other household members; and the names, addresses and telephone
numbers of up to 10 neighbors."


The URL cited above is no longer valid. The same information is available at Public Records and Investigative Tools on WESTLAW®. Under "Investigative Tools" we find:

People Finder
 
People Finder is an indispensable tool for locating witnesses, defendants,
heirs and missing persons. People Finder contains profiles of more than 
160 million people and 92 million households, 71 million telephone numbers 
and 40 million deceased-person records nationwide.

In addition to providing a person's name, address and telephone number, 
People Finder may provide a person's age, and gender; names and ages of 
other household members; and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of 
up to 10 neighbors.

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