Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) wants to expand a database for police to include credit and insurance information, even for those never accused of a crime. the Associated Press reports. The information would be an extension of the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange project known as Matrix that began with 13 states and officially ended in April. Matrix combined criminal histories and public records such as drivers’ licenses and property information.
The FDLE is asking companies how they would provide police with access to portions of people’s credit reports and wants to find out which records “are readily available to law enforcement without subpoena or court order.” FDLE seeks credit header information, including a person’s name, current and previous address, phone number, date of birth, and Social Security number. An official said the information could be critical for authorities to find a suspect’s current address. The American Civil Liberties Union cited privacy concerns and information theft as arguments against the expansion.