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West acquires ChoicePoint's AutoTrack XP and CLEAR products.

Thomson West (Eagan, MN) has reached an agreement to acquire ChoicePoint's (Alpharetta, GA) AutoTrack XP government business and CLEAR product line from parent LexisNexis (New York), a unit of Reed Elsevier. A newly created business, West Government Services, will be built around the acquired assets and provide technology, analytic and public record information to government agencies and law enforcement organizations. No terms of the deal were given.

ChoicePoint AutoTrack XP allows users to search through billions of current and historical records on individuals and businesses when investigating fraud, conducting criminal and civil investigations, locating witnesses, finding missing children, or locating and verifying assets. CLEAR allows for federated searching using a single interface to search across multiple data sources and includes access to additional data sources that may be of interest to analysts and investigators.

ChoicePoint (Alpharetta, GA) is a data aggregation company that acts as a private intelligence service to government and business and industry. Established in 1997 in a spin-off from Equifax, ChoicePoint had net income of $32.4 million on revenues of $982 million in 2007. The company combines personal data gathered from multiple public and private databases for sale to the government and private sectors and maintains more than 17 billion records of individuals and businesses, which it sells to an estimated 100,000 clients, including 7,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The company's information is used to perform consumer and criminal background checks on perspective employees. Accumulated data includes behavioral assessments, biometrics, criminal history, driver qualification and credit history. Selective screening that "fits the need" of non-profit organizations is also available.

Reed Elsevier acquired ChoicePoint earlier this year in a deal valued at over $4 billion and became a part of Lexis-Nexis' Risk Information and Analytics Group.
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