So, you have decided to do it yourself - welcome to online background
check. We present here an online guide for conducting your own background
check for business or personal use on Indian or US subjects.
Anyone can conduct his/her own background checks. All it takes is
the knowledge of where to look for information you're after and
a basic skill for searching web-based databases.
Assuming that you have already acquired enough searching
skill - let us explore the sources of information.
Source of Information
Your sources of information are :
These are set of documents maintained by the government directly
through its various arms (e.g. court records, voter list, land
Publicly Available Records
These are public records, made available to public by private
organizations (e.g. Telephone directory, Yellow Pages, Business
Directories, Association Publications, Annual Reports etc.)
These are records collected or compiled by special organizations
like credit rating companies, research organizations, newspaper
offices etc. Usually, these types of records are not freely
available to general public but can be purchased for a fee (e.g.
Dun and Bradstreet Credit Report).
Background Search in India
Quality of background search depends a great deal
on level of computerization in public records. In USA, all counties
have made available large amount of public records for Internet
access. Examples of such public records are criminal records, divorce
records, birth, death, and marriage records, civil litigation files,
tax liens etc.
Unlike USA, web-based information counters for citizens (also called
e-governance) is a recent phenomenon in India. Only few states like
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Delhi have taken initiatives in this
We have compiled a list of information sources, that can help you
find information on Indian companies and individuals.
Remember - the list is only an example to show you the kind of information
you can find yourself using your PC. Take it as your starting point
and keep adding new sources to make it comprehensive.
Publicly Available Records
Private Records - FREE
Private Records - PRICED
Provider of business information available in public (e.g. newspaper
Upcoming notable developments
USA offers far more comprehensive and powerful public
data system for background check. We shall discuss it in next issue
Dr. Amit K Chatterjee
- Newsletter on Business Opportunties from India and Abroad
Vol: 4, Issue 08
July 01' 2003
Dr. Amit K. Chatterjee
(Amit worked in blue-chip Indian and MNCs for 15 years in various
capacities like Research and Information Analysis, Market Development,
MIS, R&D Information Systems etc. before starting his e-commerce
venture in 1997. The views expressed in this columns are of
his own. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org