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BackgroundCheck.Run is a non-FCRA compliant website that provides background screening and people search services. The site offers reports aggregated from public records that interested individuals can access by performing a search. Typically, information managed on its database is also available on public records managed by federal, state, county, and local government agencies that serve as its custodians.
Generally, people search reports may include professional records, business records, social media profiles, and personal contact information. BackgroundCheck.Run also provides access to criminal and civil records databases. Users can access information contained in a person's criminal record, including:
- Sex offender conviction
- Criminal offense type and degree
- Date of conviction
- Arrest history
- Name of convicting court
- Court case brief
- Case number
- Disposition and outcome of the charges
Civil records that can be accessed on the site include:
- Civil judgments
- Filing type
- Docket number
- Court location
- Amount in dispute/claim
- Name of creditors
The site also provides personal details on individuals and other associated information such as:
- Age and date of birth
- Residential address history
- Home phone lines/cell phone numbers
- Email addresses
- Marriage and divorces records
- Death records
- Property records
- Family relations
- Occupational history
Some information that BackgroundCheck.Run offers are available at no charge. However, access to comprehensive background reports is available only to users who subscribe to a monthly or quarterly membership.
Users can search the site with anyone's full name. However, as multiple profiles can show up in the results, a user may narrow down the search by specifying the subject's city and state.
Individuals should note that BackgroundCheck.Run prohibits people from using the information on the site to decide an individual's credit report, employment, tenancy, and similar transactions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In essence, BackgroundCheck.Run does not offer consumer reports on its site.
BackgroundCheck.Run provides a way to remove personal information from its site. This information will be inaccessible to users after being removed from the site's database. However, since most of the information available on the site is from public sources, it may still be accessible on other third-party sites.
How to Opt-Out of BackgroundCheck.Run
Any individual that does not want their information available for sale or inspection on BackgroundCheck.Run can remove it by opting out of the site. Opting out removes the selected report from the site's database. A person, or an authorized agent acting on their behalf, may request to delete information from the site using the following steps:
- Search for the listing on backgroundcheck.run.
- Select and click the listing from the results of the search.
- Click "Control this Profile," available on the right side of the webpage, to open the site's opt-out page.
- The profile's URL will be automatically inserted into the URL box.
- Input a full name in the appropriate box to confirm the information belongs to you.
- Input an email address in the designated box to receive a verification link.
- Perform the CAPTCHA verification and click "Submit Opt-Out Request."
- A feedback message will appear, ascertaining the receipt of the removal request, and the site will send a confirmation link to the email used for the process.
- Check your email inbox for the confirmation link and click on it to finish the process.
Alternatively, if the "control your profile" option does not work, it is possible to manually copy the URL of the listing and input it in the appropriate box on the opt-out page. Users can also send the URL to the site's opt-out email address at email@example.com to remove the profile.
After completing the opt-out process, the information should be removed and unavailable to users within 48 hours from the removal request was submitted.
What Difficulties Exist when Opting Out of BackgroundCheck.Run
Opting out information on BackgroundCheck.Run allows individuals to remove their information from the site, making it unavailable to users. However, removing such information does not automatically remove it from other background check sites or search engines. The information may also still be available on the public record database that BackgroundCheck.Run obtained it from unless the record has been sealed or expunged.
Furthermore, information removed from the website may reappear in subsequent search results if the source still has the record. This is because BackgroundCheck.Run updates its database daily with information collated from public records and similar sources.
BackgroundCheck.Run may also provide multiple reports relating to a person, and each report must be removed separately. This process may consume time as the user will have to perform the opt-out procedure multiple times since there is no provision on the site to delete more than one profile at a time.
Users that encounter any difficulty with the opt-out process should contact the customer service team via phone at (866) 953-9395. The customer service team takes inquiries and complaints on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on weekends, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Individuals can also make a complaint by completing and submitting the contact form. Typically, the customer service team responds to all inquiries within 24 hours.
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