S3 Matching Technologies: Outdated TSA Software Matches Clinton, Obama, and McCain with Potential Terrorist Names on No Fly List

Concept Used by TSA was Created in 1918

Jan 31, 2007, 00:00 ET from S3 Matching Technologies

    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to analysis
 conducted by S3 Matching Technologies, Barack Obama might be an IRA
 terrorist named Brisco O'Finn or a dubious character called Birza Ovum.
 John McCain becomes suspicious as Jawan Meihuizen. And Hillary Clinton gets
 mistaken for a Hilaraye Calandan and Halar Climatology. These are just a
 few of the hundreds of mismatches for the presidential contenders when
 their names are processed through the obsolete software being used by the
 TSA to nab terrorists.
     According to published reports, the U.S. federal government is using
 the Soundex concept to match traveler names against the No Fly List.
 Soundex, developed in 1918 for census analysis, removes vowels from names
 and assigns a numerical value to remaining consonants. The result is
 hundreds of "false positive" matches and unnecessary inconvenience for tens
 of thousands of airline passengers.
     Soundex also fails to rank data matching results, which means the value
 of "Obama" on the list is equal to "Omama" and "Ovum." There is no
 difference between "Osama" and "Usama" and they draw no more attention with
 Soundex than does "Umama."
     "It's absurd that the government is using outdated, low cost software
 like this," said Jack Holt, CEO of S3 Matching Technologies. "Technology is
 readily available that performs complicated and sophisticated data matching
 that goes well beyond just names and would eliminate innocent travelers
 from this list."
     According to Holt, his company conducted an analysis of names in three
 sample databases to find duplicate records. S3 Matching Technologies'
 TeraMatch(R) software was able to find 77 of 79 deliberately botched names
 planted in the large databases and only a few false positives. The results
 were a 353% improvement in accurate matches when compared to Soundex used
 against the same data. Soundex was only 15% accurate overall while
 TeraMatch(R) functioned with 97% accuracy.
     "It's no wonder the No Fly List has never nabbed a terrorist," said
 Andrea Gillentine, S3's healthcare solutions leader. "Soundex had 97 false
 positives compared to only 3 turned up by our TeraMatch(R) technology. It
 should be pretty obvious to everyone why so many people are upset about the
 No Fly List."
     S3 provides data quality management software for the IT, telecom,
 financial services, and healthcare industries. (http://www.S3.com )

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