Since 1991, Datamaxx Group, Inc., d/b/a Datamaxx Applied Technologies, Inc., has taken great pride in our relationships with our partners and clients and in offering data access and security solutions. We at Datamaxx are dedicated to protecting your privacy and any personal or business information we obtain from you.

The Privacy Principles described herein are designed to answer your questions regarding our privacy policy. The terms of this policy apply to Datamaxx’s REDTAIL Security and Screening Program, except where noted. These Privacy Principles will also help the consumer, applicant, or subject of our partner sponsored background screening programs understand how we use and safeguard their information, such as social security numbers and dates of birth.

Our Privacy Principles apply to Personally Identifiable Information, which includes Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information that is collected, maintained, used, or disseminated by Datamaxx and our solutions in delivering information products and services through any Datamaxx company or line of business. Many of our products are already subject to important privacy protections provided by federal and state laws, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act and its state law counterparts. We give careful attention to our privacy policies, which we review and change as necessary and appropriate. To underscore our commitment to privacy and our vision that good privacy is good business, we have adopted the following Privacy Principles. [1]

The policy includes our corporate privacy principles and Fair Information Practice Principles of notice, choice, access, security, and accountability. This online privacy policy applies to all sites owned and operated by:

Datamaxx Group, Inc.
2001 Drayton Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32311


Datamaxx requires clients to adhere to all laws, including all federal and state laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and their state and local counterparts, and the Fair Credit Report Act, among any others that apply.

The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, establishes a code of fair information practices that governs the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of personal information maintained in systems of records by federal agencies. A system of records is a group of records under the control of an agency from which information is retrieved by the name of the individual or by some identifier assigned to the individual. (Datamaxx is not a federal agency as defined by the Privacy Act of 1974. However, our guiding principles use applicable or similar privacy rules that are listed in the Act, such as “No Disclosure without Your Consent” and our methods for safeguarding your information.)


  1. Personally-Identifiable Information

    These sites only collect Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) from you based on your authorization, such as for a background screening with an employer, prospective employer, government entity, or contractor of a government entity. PII collected with your consent may include, for example, name, e-mail address, resume information, address, telephone number, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license or government identification numbers, or any inquiries you may make directly through our websites or that you have authorized a Datamaxx client to provide for a consumer report.

  2. How We Protect Personally Identifiable Information

    1. You must consent to provide PII information about yourself.
    2. We collect PII information securely via secure online (internet), fax, mail, or other secure systems that only our clients, the consumer, and Datamaxx can view.
    3. We do not sell or redistribute your PII information to third parties. Except where required by our federal government clients, our background reports do not contain any PII information. Thus, the report does not include your date of birth or social security number. Where a federal government user, such as the Department of Defense (DoD) and its military branches, requires PII information in our consumer reports, the report can only be viewed through secure online access that meets the strict security procedures approved by the DoD.
    4. We need your social security number, date of birth, address, name, maiden name, and other names to perform the background screening. We also need your driver’s license number if we are required to report your driving record. We use this information to check court and other government records to ensure that we find and only report information about you. An accurate background screening cannot be performed without PII information, since a name match could result in reporting inaccurate information or information that is not your background or record.
  3. Credit Reports

    Some employers, credit grantors, banks and other entities require a credit report as part of their application or employment requirements or granting of credit. We follow federal and state laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), California laws, and others.

    We strongly encourage consumers/applicants to check their credit reports free at Three credit bureaus collect and report credit information. Checking your credit before applying for employment or before authorizing a credit report allows you to identify any inaccurate information with these credit bureaus. Datamaxx nor our partners do not collect credit information and only reports the credit bureau report where you have authorized the report. Datamaxx or our partners have no method to correct credit bureau reports, and as such, the consumer assumes all responsibilities for contacting credit bureaus if the credit file or report contains any inaccuracies.

  4. Cookies

    “Cookies” are messages that web servers (computers that deliver web pages) exchange with web browsers (programs that support website interaction, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer). Datamaxx and our sites use these messages in our customer web applications to simplify and enhance the user experience. Neither Datamaxx nor our sites store any personally identifiable information in cookies.

    Cookies do not act maliciously on computer systems, nor can they be used to spread viruses or access your computer’s hard drive.

  5. Non-Personally Identifiable Information

    This site also collects non-personally-identifiable information. For example, as you browse our websites, we may collect information about your visit, but not about you personally. Via web server logs, for example, we may monitor statistics, such as the number of people that visit our site, which pages are visited on our site, from which domain our visitors come, and which browsers people use to visit our sites (e.g., Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, etc.).


The information collected by our websites is used only for responding to your inquiries or those authorized by you and our clients.

We or our partners may contact you in response to your comments or inquiries, as part of the maintenance of your account with us (if you have one), or in order to complete a background screening or compliance process, which will assist in ensuring the accuracy of your reports and compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, among other state and federal laws.

If you decide that you do not want to receive further e-mails from Datamaxx, you can reply to the e-mail and place in the subject line, “OPT OUT.” You may also call 850-558-8000 with a request that we not continue to e-mail you. We do not use outside data sources to enrich marketing data obtained online. We do not use any information about you, including email addresses, except in compliance with our duties and obligations.


As an information company, we value having our data as accurate as possible. Accordingly, we strive to maintain the accuracy of the information collected through our websites. We and our partners have the only consumer-friendly transparent system for you to ensure background and consumer reports are accurate and accessible to you at the same time as the employer or entity you authorized for us to prepare a report. You are our most important tool in ensuring that their data is complete and accurate. We will provide you access to your personally identifiable information for as long as we maintain that information in an accessible format. Similarly, we permit and encourage you to correct inaccuracies in the information you submit to us through our websites, by email, telephone, or using REDTAIL. If you wish to correct any inaccurate information you have submitted to any of these sites, please go to


We take steps to protect against the loss, misuse, or unauthorized alteration of personally identifiable information collected through this website. We recognize the importance of security for all personally identifiable information collected by our website. We exercise care in providing secure transmission of your information.

Once we receive personally identifiable information, we take steps to protect its security on our systems. In the event we request or transmit sensitive information, such as Social Security Numbers, we use accepted industry standards, such encryption programs and software.

We strictly limit access to personally identifiable information to those employees who need access in order to carry out their job responsibilities. All of our employees and partners have undergone extensive background screening, and have their criminal history reviewed every 90 days to ensure your information is in trusted hands.


We reserve the right to revise this policy as needed. As such, in the event revisions are made, we will prominently post announcements on our websites that describe the details of the revisions.


In preparing a consumer report or investigative consumer report, we or our partners only send information about the subject of the report outside the United States if our client asks for information from a jurisdiction outside the United States. For example, if a prospective employee worked outside of the United States, our client might ask for a criminal history report for the country in which the prospective employee worked. When we or our partners do this kind of report, we send enough information to identify the subject of the report. We nor our partners send your personal identifier information outside the United States except where such is required to conduct a background screening, which is authorized by the subject of the screening.


You Can Opt Out of Receiving Further Marketing from Datamaxx at any time.

We will send you information about our various products and services or other products and services we feel may be of interest to you. If you do not want to receive such mailings, simply tell us when you give us your personal information. Alternatively, at any time you can easily opt out of receiving further marketing from Datamaxx by emailing us at Please type “OPT OUT” in the subject line of your email.


California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers or subjects of our background reports (consumer reports) who are California residents to request certain information regarding its disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an e-mail to our partner at or write to them:

Datamaxx Applied Technologies, Inc.
REDTAIL Security & Screening Program
2001 Drayton Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32311

Use of Credit Reports - California Residents

Datamaxx or our partners generally do not provide credit reports where the subject of the report lives in California and is an applicant for employment or the use of the report is for employment purposes due to the recent law Assembly Bill 22 that became effective on January 1, 2012. California clients requesting credit reports MUST ensure compliance with all applicable laws and provide proof of the need for a credit report as part of the consumer authorization. Employers must adhere to this California law, as there are strict rules and restrictions on ordering and using consumer credit reports for hiring or employment purposes. Clients with applicants or employees residing in California that require credit reports as part of the employment process are required to submit a separate authorization and statement of purpose that the subject of the screening must sign when ordering such credit reports from Datamaxx or our partners.


For more information about our privacy practices or policies, please contact our Compliance Department:

Datamaxx Applied Technologies, Inc.
REDTAIL Compliance Department
2001 Drayton Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32311


How secure is my information?

Datamaxx and our partners recognize the importance of secure online transactions and takes steps to safeguard the privacy of information you provide through online forms. For your online authorization or use of REDTAIL, programs encrypt the information you provide on the request form before transmission to our secure computer systems. This information is decrypted only upon receipt by us. Physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards designed to guard your personally identifiable information are maintained in strict adherence to government and industry regulations and standards.

Further, our website’s security protocols and measures are designed to protect the personally identifiable information you provide from unauthorized access or alteration. These measures include physical security, technological security measures, and encryption of certain information.

Is it safe to provide my Social Security Number or Date of Birth?

You must provide your Social Security Number and Date of Birth for us and our partners to conduct a background screening. This information is used to ensure we only report records associated with you, as a name match could result in reporting information that is not your record. The site’s security protocols and measures are designed to protect the personally identifiable information you provide from unauthorized access or alteration. As an added security measure, except when your report is transmitted to government users, such as the Department of Defense and its military branches, we do not report your date of birth and mask your social security number where no more than the last four digits are visible.

How does the online authentication process work?

To assure that we have your consent to conduct the background screening, we require that you have signed an authorization form or given authorization by electronic signature. An electronic signature is a specific process wherein you consent to the background check, our policies, and our procedures as if signing the document. We authenticate your identity utilizing the personal identification information you provide, including, but not limited to, your Social Security number and date of birth. For your protection, if your identity cannot be authenticated, you will receive further instructions on how to verify your identity. Failure to authenticate your identity is not an indicator of fraudulent activity or identity theft.

How can I learn more about guarding against internet fraud and protecting my personal information? provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against phishing and internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

How do I request a “fraud alert” be placed on credit file?

You have the right to ask that nationwide consumer credit reporting companies place “fraud alerts” in your file to let potential creditors and others know that you may be a victim of identity theft. A fraud alert can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you. It also may delay your ability to obtain credit. You may place a fraud alert in your file by calling just one of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies. As soon as that agency processes your fraud alert, it will notify the other two, which then also must place fraud alerts in your file.

Revision date: April 26, 2012

1 Individually Identifiable Information from or about an individual consumer including, but not limited to: (a) a first and last name or first initial and last name; (b) a home or other physical address, which includes at least the street name and name of city or town; (c) an email address; (d) a telephone number; (e) a Social Security number; (f) credit and/or debit card information, including credit and/or debit card number with expiration date; (g) date of birth; (h) a driver’s license number; or (i) any other information from or about an individual consumer that is combined with (a) through (h) above.