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Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 11:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A question about the storage of fingerprints taken for employment checks.

In the early 1990s, I had briefly worked at a bank in New York. As part of the hiring process, I was fingerprinted.

I've never been fingerprinted otherwise.

A few years after that job, I had to change my name and social security number because of a very bad situation involving abuse and someone I made the mistake of seeing for a while.

That was 12 years ago, and my life under my new identity is now quite good. I have no ties to my old identity, and I don't want any.

I'm now interested in a job in a bank in a different state which will require me to have fingerprints taken as part of the screening process.

My question is this: will someone examining my prints now come across the prints I took in the early 1990s, and thereby find my old identity?

I've tried to find out the information on my own, but I haven't had any luck. As far as I can tell, the bank where I worked might have my fingerprints, the banking organization (NASD/Finra) might also have the fingprints, and the FBI might have the fingerprints. However, none of them can or will confirm to me what they have.

Please note that I've seen the FBI site describing how I can get access to my FBI fingerprint info. Unfortunately, I'd really prefer not to do that, because it requires me to give them my prints and my name... and would then possibly link my new identity to my old one. (I realize no one in the FBI or in the government anywhere wants to cause me problems, or link the identities... but I learned the hard way, the very hard way, that any links between the identities that I leave anywhere can eventually be found. If that sounds paranoid, so be it. After what I went through, paranoia at keeping the identities separate is what I believe keeps me safe).

I'd really appreciate any information about what information they might find if I submit now to the fingerprint check. It's a good job which I'd like to take, but if there's any chance that they will find my old identity, then I don't want to take the risk.

Thank you for any help you might be able to give.

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