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August 5, 2005



How is it possible that I have yet to read a single word about this remarkable new website, which went up three weeks ago, in any publication other than the July 14 issue of the Economist?

Because that's where I learned of it, not 15 minutes ago.

It seems "Last year Harold Kraft, an anesthesiologist [!] by training, had an 'epiphany.'"

The Economist story continued, "It was about the frighteningly intricate 'threads' that Americans unwittingly leave behind whenever they buy a house, register for a driver's license, appear in court, file an insurance claim, pay their electricity bill, or indeed do almost anything."

Long story short: Kraft created the above–styled website where, for $79.95, you first answer some multiple–choice questions to verify your identity and then get access, within hours, to all the public records about yourself from thousands of databases across the country.

Wrote the Economist, "They are in for a shock."

The article continued, "There, on a screen, is their entire life, as any sleuth doing a background check would see it — 30–year–old addresses, the names of all the other people who ever lived there, and so on. A few will see crimes they never committed or assets, supposedly hidden from the taxman, that they never owned."

I like it.

Why not find out what people have been saying about you all these years?


Isn't it better to be the last to know than never knowing at all?

August 5, 2005 at 04:31 PM | Permalink


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