A new TransUnion law enforcement consumer survey in October of 1,002 adults revealed 3 out of 4 Americans support law enforcement’s use of data fusion tools to help solve crimes quickly.
Eight-one percent of survey respondents said law enforcement has an obligation to use publicly available information that can help catch criminals and solve crimes.
The survey found consumers across the United States support the use of data fusion tools that bring together different types of publicly available data such as addresses, names, bankruptcy record and phone numbers, and that survey respondents said law enforcement has an obligation to use publicly available information that can help catch criminals and solve crimes.
“Law enforcement agencies continue to expand their use of data fusion tools. The value of linking hundreds of millions of records in a short period of time to find cyber evidence on criminals is critical in cases which need timely outcomes – such as solving a murder or finding an abducted child,” said Jonathan McDonald, executive vice president of TransUnion’s government information solutions business unit. “Our survey clearly demonstrates that a far majority of consumers support law enforcement’s use of publicly available data.”
According to Transunion, “The survey indicated consumers’ support of data fusion tools is influenced by the fact that they do not include non-public data like phone records, banking statements, Internet search histories and other information protected by state and federal privacy laws. Approximately six in 10 respondents (59 percent) said they are more likely to support data fusion tools because they do not include non-public data.”
TransUnion’s TLOxp is a data fusion tool that includes search and locate technology and advanced linking algorithms which delivers actionable data through a user-friendly interface in a matter of seconds. The advanced locating technology in TLOxp helps law enforcement officers replace otherwise time-consuming legwork with point-and-click ease.
TransUnion said more than 90 percent of investigators from a survey agree or strongly agree that TLOxp makes their jobs easier.”
“Data fusion solutions using publicly available data such as TLOxp are critical for law enforcement because it helps them get closer to locating suspects and important witnesses, verify identities and link connections faster,” McDonald said in a statement.
TransUnion currently works with thousands of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Its Government Information Solutions division provides fraud, benefit eligibility verification, continuous evaluationand insider threat services, identity authentication, data breach response, investigation services and other key solutions to federal, state and local government agencies in the US.