Researcher finds database of persons with ‘security’

Jun

30

2016

A researcher claims on Reddit that he holds a database of people with “increased safety”, including people with alleged links to terrorism. It would be a list of Thomson Reuters, which is used for financial screening by banks.

The researcher, Chris Vickery, Motherboard has access given in the list. The database contains 2.24 million entries, divided into categories like “politics”, “military”, “crime – drugs’ and ‘terrorism’. It would be a copy of the ‘ World-Check ‘ database of Thomson Reuters in mid-2014.

Vickery is not known how he comes to the database, but claims that it was not a hack but is a leak, and not through Thomson Reuters itself. He asks via Reddit users for opinions whether to give the database freely.

World-Check is according Motherboard based on can use the database of public information and customers to screen people financially. Privacy laws require the collection, processing and analysis of information as happened for the list must meet strict conditions. In a report in February highlighted Vice existence of World-Check, where the site is referred to hereinafter under the “terrorist blacklist.

In a statement on Motherboard Thomson Reuters states that the problem lay with a third party that is informed and the list is taken offline. The company denies that it is a ‘black list’ goes and argues that the financial data collected from public sources, which organizations can use to comply with regulations. The company specializes in information services, claims to have six thousand customers in 170 countries for World-Check, including more than three hundred government departments, nine of the top ten law firms and 49 of the 50 largest banks.

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