Privacy Policy

As a consumer reporting agency governed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) among other applicable state and federal laws, Global Information Network is committed to protecting your privacy.

This Privacy Policy covers Global Information Network's web site, and Global Information Network's practices for handling personal information provided to Global Information Network over the Internet by the general public using Global Information Network's publicly available web site. This Policy also covers personal information provided by Global Information Network's clients, and their job applicants and employees (as well as other individuals who have given their written authorization for Global Information Network's clients to conduct a background investigation on them), using Global Information Network's online background screening solution that is accessible only through an access-restricted portion of Global Information Network's web site. Global Information Network will collect, store, and use personally identifiable information only in compliance with applicable law, including the FCRA.

Information Collection

When you browse Global Information Network's publicly accessible web site, you do so anonymously. Global Information Network collects personally identifiable information from you only if you choose to provide this information to us. In some instances, Global Information Network may collect non-personal (e.g., aggregate or demographic) data through cookies. This information is used to better understand and improve the usability, performance and effectiveness of the Global Information web site, as is further described below under "Cookies and Tracking Technology". 
The types of personal information we may collect about you through our publicly accessible web site include the following (should you decide to provide such information to Global Information Network): (a) contact and identifying information (e.g., name, address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers, employer(s), job title) in connection with your expression of interest in receiving information about, or your registering for, Global Information Network products or services, newsletters and conferences; (b) your resume information and employment application information in response to Global Information Network job openings; and (c) any other personal information that you may voluntarily provide to us in an online form or through an e-mail.

Access to certain Global Information Network web pages and online services is not available to the general public and requires a login code and password provided by Global Information Network. Those web pages, and the information downloadable to and from those pages, are made available only to clients of Global Information Network. On these web pages, Global Information Network collects only information that the user voluntarily shares with Global Information Network.

If you are using this web site to open an employment screening account with Global Information Network, we collect the information requested on our account application form, including contact information and financial information (such as credit card number or billing information). This information is used for internal purposes, such as account establishment, billing, fulfillment of orders and customer service.

How We Use Your Personal Information

When your personal information is collected on Global Information Network's publicly accessible web site, Global Information Network will inform you at the point of collection of the purpose for the collection. Global Information Network will use your personal information only in the way we specify when it is collected unless you consent to a different use.

For example, Global Information Network may use personal information submitted in an account application to set up and maintain your account. Global Information Network also may use the personal information you provide to answer your questions and inquiries, to support Global Information Network's own recruitment activities in response to your inquiries into Global Information Network's job postings, and to provide newsletters and other information (if any) that you have requested.

If you have provided your personal information over this web site in connection with a background screen ordered by Global Information Network's client - Global Information Network may use your personal information to perform your background screen for that client. Global Information Network will not use your information to conduct a background screening investigation and create a report unless Global Information Network's client has provided a certification required by the FCRA and any other applicable law. In this certification, Global Information Network's client certifies to Global Information Network that it has a legally permissible purpose for ordering the background screen, and that it has, to the extent required by applicable law, obtained your informed consent to conduct the background screen.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Global Information Network does not sell or rent personal information to third parties. Global Information Network will not disclose your personal information to a third party without your permission, except in connection with performing your background screen for Global Information Network's client or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy.

Global Information Network may disclose personal information as necessary or appropriate in connection with any of the purposes for which we use personal information as described above in "How We Use Your Personal Information".

When Global Information Network conducts a background screening investigation about you, Global Information Network may disclose information that you submit through this web site to the Global Information Network client that ordered a background screening investigation on you. Global Information Network also may disclose your information to certain third parties as necessary to conduct the background investigation (such as educational institutions, prior employers, courts, law enforcement agencies and other persons or entities that may provide or verify information about you), as well as to a third-party representative or subcontractor authorized by Global Information Network to assist in the background screening investigation. These third party representatives and subcontractors include service providers that help host or support the web site or otherwise provide technical assistance, court researchers and other data and service vendors. Global Information Network transfers to these representatives and subcontractors only the personal information they need to deliver to Global Information Network (for the benefit of Global Information Network's client) the requested product or service. Global Information Network prohibits these third parties from using that information for any other purpose. Global Information Network requires that these parties maintain commercially reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality of your information.

Global Information Network also may in good faith disclose personal information and any other additional information available to Global Information Network for any of the following purposes: (i) investigate, prevent or take action regarding actual or suspected illegal activities or fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or violations of Global Information Network's terms of use; (ii) respond to or defend against subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; (iii) establish or exercise Global Information Network's legal rights; or (iv) otherwise comply with applicable law.

Global Information Network may acquire other businesses, and other businesses may acquire Global Information Network. If that occurs, the information Global Information Network collects may be one of the assets examined or transferred as part of the transaction. Global Information Network will not permit another business to examine the information Global Information Network has collected without a confidentiality agreement and only to the extent permitted by law. Global Information Network will not transfer the information it has collected unless the recipient agrees to provide privacy protections equal to or exceeding those established by this Privacy Policy.

Personal Information Disclosure: United States or Overseas

Personal information submitted to Global Information Network for a background screening investigation may at times be transferred outside of the United States in order to perform the background investigation. All personal information will be transmitted and stored in a secure manner in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Cookies and Tracking Technology

Global Information Network's web site may use the standard technology called a "cookie" to collect information about how you use the web site.

A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your hard drive and used for record-keeping purposes. A cookie file can contain information such as the URL you came from, your computer's IP address (i.e., the Internet address of your computer) and domain type (e.g., .com or .org, etc.), your browser type, the country, state and telephone area code where your server is located, the pages of our site that were viewed during a visit, and any search terms that you entered on our site. This information is used for internal purposes only, and we do not link your URL or IP address to any personal information unless you have logged into our web site with a Global Information Network account login and password.  In addition, Global Information Network’s web site does not allow other parties to collect personally identifiable information about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across different Web sites when a consumer uses the Global Information Network web site.

If you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies, although it is possible that some areas of our web site will not function properly if you do so. In particular, you may be required to accept cookies in order to complete certain actions on Global Information Network's web site.  Global Information Network’s web site does not currently recognize “do not track” signals transmitted by web browsers. 


Global Information Network is committed to protecting the personal information that Global Information Network receives about consumers. While we cannot guarantee the security of that information, we utilize a combination of online and offline security technologies, procedures and organizational measures to help safeguard consumer information against loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

We employ Secure Socket Layer (SSL) data encryption when data is transmitted over the Internet to our web site. We have installed layered firewalls and other security technologies to help prevent unauthorized access to our systems. Strong password protection protocols are used on our computers, and employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy policies. The servers used to store consumer information are maintained in a secure environment with appropriate security measures.


Global Information Network's web site may provide links to third-party web sites. Please be aware that those third-party web sites are outside of our control and are not covered by this Privacy Policy. If you have questions about how another site uses your information, consult that site's privacy statement.

Your Ability to Review or Modify Personal Information, or Unsubscribe.

Global Information Network strives to protect the quality and integrity of your personal information. If you have provided your personal information (such as zip code, phone, e-mail or postal address) to Global Information Network while browsing Global Information Network's publicly accessible web site, and wish to update such personal information (if any) that you have provided us, please e-mail us at If you are a Global Information Network client with a registered account, you may review (and update) your account information by logging into your account. If you are an individual on whom a Global Information Network client has requested a background screening investigation, and have submitted personal information to Global Information Network at the request of such client for purposes of procuring a background report, then you can review your Global Information Network file in accordance with your file disclosure rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, California Civil Code Section 1786.22 and any other applicable state laws by contacting Global Information Network's Customer Service Department at info@searchinfo.comClick to review (including file disclosure rights) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Children Under Age 13

Global Information Network does not offer services to children under the age of 13, and this web site is not directed to children under the age of 13. Global Information Network does not knowingly collect information about children under the age of 13.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Global Information Network may revise this policy from time to time. If there is a material change to this Privacy Policy, we will post the revised policy at this location. Global Information Network will not provide less privacy protection, without your consent, to information collected under a prior privacy policy. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to be informed of how Global Information Network is protecting your information.

Contact Us

Questions about a current background check:

If your background check is currently being performed by Global Information Network and you have questions or need assistance, please contact our Customer Service department: 

Global Information Network Customer Service Phone: 800-527-0265

For more information on Privacy click on the link below:
Federal Trade Commission Home Page