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Public Records and How to Use Them

Are public records really for public use?

The term “public records” can mean many things, but it typically refers to data that anyone can find when reviewing official documents that are available to the public. A good example would be when someone looks up a phone number in the phone directory.

Public records are typically assembled using sources such as government records. That being said, not every source is made available to the general public. Government records might be subject to regulations that restrict which kinds of data they can release and how they release it. The government can keep additional public records on individuals, businesses, and even parts of the government itself. But in most cases, the term “public records” refers to any data about an individual that is made available to the public. The United States Freedom of Information Act is the entity that oversees the release of these kinds of records. Although it has not been in existence for very long, the FOIA has already given the public access to many of these types of records. Below is a brief list of the kinds of records that are most often viewed:

  • Birth Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Death Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Divorce Records

Start Using Reverse Phone Lookups Today

We all get annoying phone calls from unknown numbers, and we’ve all experienced the discomfort of going out on a date with someone you hardly know. But you can save yourself the annoyance and the awkward encounters by using reverse phone lookups. You might surprise yourself and be able to learn something about the people you interact with on a daily basis.

  • Owner Name

  • Address

  • Email

Are Reverse Phone Lookups Available to Everyone?

Anyone can take advantage of reverse phone lookups! Many websites offer free reverse phone lookups, but many of these websites can’t actually offer everything you need. For instance, many sites only offer information on landline numbers. This is because most cell networks control access to their own phone numbers and are not willing to give them out for free.

In other words, free sites can’t provide these numbers because they can’t afford to pay for them when they’re handing them out for free. In all actuality, most of these free sites only post about 50 percent of the data that is available. Free sites also typically don’t offer criminal background checks. But when you go through the trouble of finding someone’s information using a reverse phone lookup, wouldn’t you also want to know more about them? But thanks to the internet, you can often greatly expand with a single click.

Information that might be helpful

There are many ways this information can be helpful to you:

  • Avoid annoying telemarketers
  • Avoid harassing phone calls
  • Identify anonymous phone numbers without having to call them yourself
  • Avoid talking to people you want to avoid