Our Rights as American Citizens
As citizens of the United States of America, we are blessed with individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution and paid for with the blood from the countless supreme sacrifices of ordinary people. Our republic is an open society, based upon the principles of fairness and the Rule of Law. To insure that fairness, the Framers of the Constitution realized that judicial proceedings and government actions are public information that must be open to scrutiny in order to protect the rights of all citizens.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. James Madison, 4th President of the United States
The Federal Government, as well as those of the individual states, provide various mechanisms to access legislative as well as other forms of information vital to the success of an open and free society's citizens. A few of the most significant pieces of legislation to enable citizens to learn more about their government and to protect their privacy at the same time are:
The Freedom of Information Act
The Privacy Act
The Fair Credit Reporting Act
Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
The Immigration Reform Act
How to Dispute Credit Report Errors
In addition, the state court system makes its’ files available to citizens in the local county courthouse. Here are some examples and sites for assistance:
California State Court System
Employment Background Checks: A Jobseekers Guide
California Public Records Act
Credit Reporting Rights
What about privacy issues?
Virtually every major change in life is recorded somewhere in a government document for American citizens. Shortly after you are born, a birth certificate is issued; if you obtain a driver's license, get married, buy a house, file a lawsuit--all of these events are recorded in public documents easily available to you and to others.
This unobstructed availability of information is one of the cornerstones of American freedom. It allows any citizen the right to review and respond, and therefore safeguard, the principles and foundations of our republic.
Government records are public in order to ensure the free flow of information in a democratic society. The challenge to policy makers is to balance the public’s right to information with the individuals’ right to privacy. The Fair Credit Reporting Act protects the rights of all citizens.
Data Research Network, Inc. is a company built upon the principle of freedom of access to public information to benefit and protect all Americans for our own safety and protection. With the power and societal benefits that come from the products and services that we provide also comes significant responsibility. Data Research Network, Inc. maintains a stringent data use policy and procedure that governs the utilization and sale of our products. Beyond being fully compliant with federal and state statutes, we have imposed a higher standard upon ourselves and the clients that we serve. By maintaining a higher level of privacy control and protection than we are legally obligated to do, we prevent the potential abuse of the critical information entrusted to us.
The first line of homeland defense is taking responsibility for our own security against those whom would cause our nation harm, either foreign or domestic.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our information policy, please contact me directly:
Alfred A. Firato
President & CEO
Data Research Network, Inc.