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other Lexis-Nexis databases
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A brief search of www.lexis-nexis.com reveals a few interesting
1. You can look up people in P-TRAK by SSN.
2. There are many other databases of personal information,
a. "REZIDE", "searchable by congressional district, area code
plus exchange, county, state, metropolitan statistical area
(MSA) and dominant market area (DMA)" and "providing a detailed
demographic portrait [...] including age, income, race,
ethnicity, household composition, employment", a "White/Blue
collar index" and a "family life-cycle code".
b. "DCEASE", giving information including SSN about dead
c. An assets database identifying real-estate or FAA-registered
aircraft owned by people.
d. Something called "P-FIND" which is advertised as "having
greater detail [than P-TRAK] with regard to the individual's
household (value of home, number of dependents)". This one
appears in a newsletter from 1994, so the service may be
discontinued (although of course the data still exists...).
It would be a fun experiment and a good cypherpunk publicity
stunt to test Lexis-Nexis out. Pick a demo victim,
e.g. a journalist who is honest, smart and concerned about such
issues, but not one who is too famous or rich. Use Lexis-Nexis
(and possibly other resources) to learn all that you can about
him/her. If he/she lives in a sparsely-populated area a narrow
enough REZIDE search might give income, number of persons in
household, marital status, age, schooling, ethnicity, vehicles
owned, and employment, and that would be with a single search.
Compile everything you know and send it to the victim,
explaining how you got the information.
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