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P-Trak info/re-posted for legibility
(this material is reposted for your info from LEXIS-NEXIS Web site at
LEXIS-NEXIS markets the P-TRAK file to the legal community for use by general
legal practitioners, litigators and public attorneys, as well as law enforcement
agencies and police departments. These professionals use the P-TRAK file to
locating litigants, witnesses, shareholders, debtors, heirs and beneficiaries.
It's important to note that LEXIS®-NEXIS® is a business-to-business service and
is not a consumer online service. The LEXIS-NEXIS service is targeted to and
used by attorneys, businesses and government agencies.
LEXIS-NEXIS is aware of the sensitivities regarding the potential misuse of
information. While business competitors of LEXIS-NEXIS have for some time made
Social Security numbers available to users of their services, and continue to do
LEXIS-NEXIS discontinued the display of Social Security numbers in the P-TRAK
file as of June 11, 1996, eleven days after the product was introduced.
There has been much erroneous information distributed on the Internet regarding
the data displayed in the P-TRAK file. The displayed record may, but not always,
include the name of the individual, the individual's maiden and assumed names,
as well as up to two previous addresses, month and year of birth and telephone
number. That is the only information displayed in the P-TRAK file.
Contrary to some messages that have been posted to some Internet discussion and
news groups, the P-TRAK file does not contain any credit histories, bank account
information or other personal financial data, or medical histories.
The information displayed in the P-TRAK file is an aggregation readily available
from public information sources such as telephone directories (in print and CD-
ROM format) and public records maintained by government agencies.
Through its actions, LEXIS-NEXIS is balancing the privacy concerns of the public
with the legitimate needs of legal, business and government professionals for
access to accurate sources of publicly available information. By discontinuing
the display of
Social Security numbers in P-TRAK and only providing information that is already
available to the public from other sources, LEXIS-NEXIS believes it has
responsibly met the expressed concerns of the public.
Lewis Lorton, Executive Director
Healthcare Open Systems and Trials