The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved the IBM Global Name Scoring software with the highest level of recognition possible under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 ("SAFETY Act").
Global Name Scoring software recognises and searches names from all major cultures, supporting users who must screen potential threats and perform background checks across multiple geographies and languages.
Global Name Scoring software improves the accuracy of name searching, transliteration and the quality of identity verification by providing ranked search results based on the linguistic, phonetic, and specific cultural variation patterns of names. It works from a knowledge base of information focused on the specific culture of a name and utilises rules associated with that type of name to improve matching and search results.
Global Name Scoring received both designation as a qualified anti-terrorism technology and certification as an approved product for homeland security.
This certification signifies that DHS has determined that the technology will perform as intended, conforms to specifications, and is safe for use as intended. SAFETY Act coverage provides significant liability protection to sellers of qualifying products and their customers.
The SAFETY Act is a key part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and encourages development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by providing liability protections to sellers of qualified anti-terrorism technologies. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the threat of liability does not deter potential manufacturers or sellers of anti-terrorism technologies from developing and commercializing technologies that could save lives.
The Act also creates certain liability limitations for claims relating to acts of terrorism where qualified anti-terrorism technologies have been deployed. In accordance with DHS's interpretation of the Act, the liability protections extend to other companies in the supply chain, including customers using approved technologies.