Instant Checkmate – is too much of our information being shared?

There is this new website called Instant Checkmate that shares everyone’s records.  These records include a lot of information about individuals that is being regarded as “public”.  Now I understand the need for people to want to know if there are any sex offenders in their vicinity or other such pertinent information.  Things like traffic violations and minor run-ins with the law may not seem like a big deal, but then there are also addresses, income, marriage/divorce records, birthdates, etc. 

It felt weird looking myself up, and if you haven’t you should try and see what pops up.  I don’t know about you all, but this may feel a little invasive.  Knowing that anyone can look me up and find out so much information about me makes me feel unsafe.  Doesn’t this tool make it easier for identity theft to occur? 

Unless someone can be a threat to those around them, I’m not sure that this information sharing is truly necessary, or smart.  But if the only way that the government allows the pertinent information, like sex offenders, to be posted is if everything gets posted – then I suppose it is surely worth it.  

Ruza Radich
Ruza Radich