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Data2Know Issue 2017: Volume 16, Issue 1

Medical Assets: The Government and Your Healthcare Records

In this issue we are examining the most sensitive of asset information: health records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), signed into law by President Clinton, was put in action to maintain the privacy and veracity of a person’s personal health conditions. Now, twenty years later, I’m finding databases where data is purchasable via a health credit check company provider. Though HIPPA is a federal law, it is up to the states to enforce action. How secure are records, and what ways are they available to somebody seeking them?

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Data2Know Issue 2017: Volume 16, Issue 2

Industry Sources for Every Investigator

One of the challenges with due diligence research is that the industry in which we are investigating is ever-changing. Each industry has its own publications, news, social media forums, and data collections. One example is the medical industry. Cardiologists have their own magazines, associations, and data producers, and you need to search within all those industry resources if you are conducting research on a cardiology group. Research gets tougher with unique occupations—such as waste management, philosophers, and DVR manufacturers. Each has its own panoply of information producers.
This article focuses on the WHERE to find information, rather than the always important WHAT.

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Data2Know Issue 2017: Volume 16, Issue 4

Look up: Cell Phone Number

Social security numbers have been the mainstay of investigators since Hank Asher, the legendary father of data fusion, gave us the investigative data tool DBTxp. The social security number is the personal indicator that helps us identify one individual among millions. The cellular phone number, another one-out-of-a million identifying number, is likewise useful for locating a person, however, the cell number is not protected—and, should you dial that cell number, there’s far greater chance your intended subject will answer it.

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Data2Know Issue 2017: Volume 16, Issue 5

Public Records Search Pitfalls

This article focuses on some of the pitfalls that the modern investigator needs to be wary of when it comes to public record searching. Learn some of the issues you may come across and how to avoid them. Additional commentary from experts in the public records fields gives further insight into the public records industry.

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Data2Know Issue 2017: Volume 16 Fall Special

Professional's Review of Public Record Aggregators

The collection of available public record aggregators span a range—from quick,
no-nonsense, pay-as-you-go websites to high-end subscription services (that require
compliance with Federal laws). The services reviewed here are useful for the investigative
industry, including private investigators, bounty hunters, collection agents, law enforcement, fraud, and compliance research. For any of these specialists, choosing where to invest your database budget is a serious consideration: the results of these services have a direct impact on your cases—and you get what you pay for.

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Data2Know Issue 2017: Volume 16, Issue 7

The Business of Finding Business Assets

Business assets can be held in many ways—and buried in even more ways. Among the many creative money management methods available, business assets can be legally held in a foreign country, as a corporate shell, or a personal trust. Assets can be liquid (cash or easily converted to cash), intangible (hard to find or evaluate), or hidden (tucked way not to be found). Typical assets controlled by a business include: Real Property; Personal Property; Investments and Trusts (Financial Assets); Intellectual Property; and Subsidiaries/Spin-offs. For those assets that can be located, a discussion of some practical search procedures follows. Each asset type is examined, with examples of how to search for and investigate them. what you pay for.

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Data2Know Issue 2017: Volume 16, Issue 8

Locate Bank Accounts Legally

Bank accounts for sale? Every day we receive advertising that offers to find someone’s bank account information—completely legally and FCRA compliant. It's still hard to figured out how this is possible to accomplish. Because it isn't. So what ways are legal, ethical and will get results?

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