Use Date of Birth to Reduce Review Effort

With our most recent release, users can now focus their work better by specifying date of birth when creating an investigation. When several articles are clustered into Findings, all it takes to filter the entire Finding out is a DoB information in one article.

Dominik Ilichman

Dominik Ilichman

April 7th 2021
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Refine search criteria using date of birth to focus returned results

Date of birth (DoB) is a key personal identifier which enables filtering out results that are not related to the subject of your investigation. 

As you know, Merlon clusters articles that refer to the same subject and risk event into Findings. This functionality not only saves time reviewing the same story across many disparate sources, but also helps in remediation through the extraction of personal information such as name, date of birth, and occupation.

With our most recent release, users can now focus their work better by specifying date of birth when creating an investigation. When several articles are clustered into Findings, all it takes to filter the entire Finding out is a DoB information in one article.

Thanks to the notion of Findings, Merlon is able to filter out 15% more articles based on the entered DoB compared to the old legacy systems that are unable to cluster related articles.

Date of birth is optional information you can input when creating a new investigation but it significantly reduces returned results when used.

Every time Merlon’s AI engine identifies information about the subject’s age it is able to calculate the subject’s year of birth (YoB) using the publication date of the article. For example, if the article mentions that a person is 63 years old and the article was published in October 2015, we indicate that the person’s YoB is either 1951 or 1952. This two-year range is the lowest granularity detectable while still guaranteeing the correctness of such information.

Date of Birth Range allows you to extend the searched period

When creating a new investigation, you can set a DoB range of up to +/-5 years. For example, if you specify Jan 20, 1990 as the date of birth and set +/-3 years range, Merlon will return Findings that fall within the range of 1987 – 1993, thereby ensuring that you both refine your searches to a relevant date while not missing any hits due to differences in information across source articles.

By default, Merlon returns results that match exactly with the provided YoB as well as those where YoB was not extracted.

Access original article sources when available online

Merlon provides analysts with full texts of adverse media articles so that they have all the necessary resources in one place without needing to load 3rd party websites, images, videos, or ads. We are now enabling users to easily access the original articles on publisher’s websites.

Please note that you may not be able to access content that is no longer available on the publisher’s website.

“Other Risk” is now displayed for risky Findings where no specific predicate offence was detected

Merlon recognizes 40 predicate offences that are displayed in Findings in a form of risk flags, such as Money Laundering, Violent Crime, Terrorism and Terrorist Financing, and War Crimes. In certain cases, our advanced AI engine identifies relevant risk outside of these predicate offences. In these cases, Merlon indicates this risk with the “Other Risk” tag.

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