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 New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of ), 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 Federated search is the simultaneous search of multiple online databases and is an emerging feature of automated, Web-based library and information retrieval systems. It is also often referred to as a portal, as opposed to simply a Web-based search engine. 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 The situation that arises when a parent corporation organizes a subsidiary corporation, to which it transfers a portion of its assets in exchange for all of the subsidiary's capital stock, which is subsequently transferred to the parent corporation's shareholders. 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 A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). .
The company's information is used to perform consumer and criminal background checks on perspective employees. Accumulated ac·cu·mu·late
v. ac·cu·mu·lat·ed, ac·cu·mu·lat·ing, ac·cu·mu·lates
To gather or pile up; amass. See Synonyms at gather.
To mount up; increase. data includes behavioral assessments, biometrics The biological identification of a person. Examples are face, iris and retinal patterns, hand geometry and voice. Increasingly built into laptop computers, fingerprint readers have become popular as a secure method for identification. , criminal history, driver qualification and credit history. Selective screening that "fits the need" of non-profit organizations A non-profit organization (abbreviated "NPO", also "non-profit" or "not-for-profit") is a legally constituted organization whose primary objective is to support or to actively engage in activities of public or private interest without any commercial or monetary profit purposes. 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.