In the old days, it was hard to track people down. You had to dig through public records to find marriages and license renewals, arrests and convictions, and you had to paint a picture of an individual’s life. These days, though, social media makes it almost easy to track someone down. You have more people than ever before who are creating a (typically public) record of their lives, and anyone with Internet access can find out all kinds of things if they know what to look for. You can find out where they live, who they’re in a relationship with, where they work… and in many cases you can even catch them breaking the rules.
Throughout our lives, we leave behind a paper trail. It could be a few years spent toiling at McDonald’s to a parking ticket you got over 20 years ago. These don’t seem like things that get put on any record, but if you did it, it is probably recorded in a database somewhere. If it is recorded, then this also means it can come up on a background check. These background checks are used by many to check out if you are who you say you are, and you have generally lived an acceptable life for what you want to do. However, background checks aren’t just for employers these days, now many people used them.