‘BeenVerified’ Co-Founder Discusses Relaunch Of Controversial Background Check App

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – When two guys from Marlboro, New Jersey launched BeenVerified, a million people suddenly knew a lot more going into that blind date or before making a Craigslist purchase.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman With The App’s Co-Founder

It was an app that provided a background check on an individual for just $2 a pop. But then, with privacy in mind, Apple put a stop to it.

“We think that the demand was so incredible that they needed to just take a better look and kind of evaluate what it actually is we were providing,” said 30-year-old BeenVerified co-founder Ross Cohen.

Now, two years later, the app is back.

“You know, somebody who is going on a date has the right to see if somebody is a former criminal,” said Cohen.

When asked by WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman if he was concerned the information might be too easy to acquire, Cohen pointed to social networking websites.

“You know, the act of searching and social networks like Facebook to find this objective information is not only acceptable, but it’s expected at this point. You know, why shouldn’t it be the same for this third party, objective public record information,” answered Cohen.

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  • Steve Smith

    This is a scam. The so-called instant check is a database check that is nearly worthless in some states, such as New York, where only those that have been to prison are reported. This really is a great tool for stalkers and a bad idea for citizens who may let thier guard down due to a false sense of security. You are better off buying that nice bridge that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan.

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