|LexisNexis has announced the introduction of its SmartLinx feature
for generating summary reports about businesses, locations, or individuals
from the LexisNexis public-record collection.
A SmartLinx search generates an easy-to-read "intelligent" report. The
technology employs a computerized analysis of public records and nonpublic
data that determines if the entities named are actually the same regardless
of variations in spelling or record formatting.
An attorney or investigator can receive a formatted report to help verify
or locate with a high degree of certainty a business, address, or individual
by linking every piece of information back to the original source document.
For instance, a report may show that three addresses are associated with
a business. The investigator can click on any of the addresses to view
the underlying public record.
The SmartLinx feature fully complies with the nonpublic information
provisions of the Gramm Leach Biley Act that went into effect July 1. It
also complies with all other applicable laws and principles respecting
privacy and the responsible use of public records.
"The SmartLinx feature will be available on a restricted basis to skilled
professionals in law enforcement, business, and the legal profession to
detect and investigate financial and identity fraud; locate witnesses and
parties to legal actions; help locate missing people; enforce child-support
and other court orders; and perform due diligence in corporate mergers
and acquisitions," said Tammy S. Wright, vice president and general director
of LexisNexis Risk Solutions.
"As part of its stringent privacy practices, LexisNexis pre-qualifies
all subscribers using SmartLinx, who in turn agree to abide by strict LexisNexis
privacy guidelines. LexisNexis also continues to provide consumer access
to products containing nonpublic, personally identifiable information,"
A subscriber could use a SmartLinx report to do the following:
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-1057; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
Detect fraud or locate victims of fraud schemes
Locate heirs to estates who have moved or changed their names through marriage
Locate pension-fund beneficiaries who have left a company
Find victims of environmental hazards
Protect consumers from unlicensed professionals and sham businesses
Locate blood, organ, and bone-marrow donors
Improve the transparency of the campaign contribution process by providing
easy-to-search information on individuals' campaign donations