At Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg and other company execs announced an augmented reality platform that recognizes a lot of what's within view of a smartphone's camera. But can that technology be harnessed to deal with crimes like those being broadcast with Facebook Live?
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Accurate Background enhanced its employee screening API to include international search. The feature arrives after a decade of developing in-country and regional contacts, language skills, and regulatory compliance knowledge. API access to the resources streamlines international background checks.
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E-HAWK, cyber intelligence provider focused on combating fraudulent sign ups, has released the Vetting API Connector. The API automates the various vetting tools E-HAWK has deployed to analyze sign ups to determine the risk of fraud. The technology analyzes risk by vetting IP address, email, phone number, location, device and more. Based on risk levels, companies utilizing E-HAWK tools can set automatic responses to fraudulent activity.
DataCash, global payments services provider, has announced that its fraud management solution (GateKeeper 2.0) will be the first of its kind to integrate MasterCard's Lost-Stolen Account List API. The MasterCard API cross-references over 30 million lost and stolen cards globally. The integration will empower merchants with greater fraud detection capabilities and lessen the potential to reject legitimate customers.
New updates to the UK Police API extend the possibility of using crime data to create innovative products and services. While many of the new mashups and services that could be created from using an extended, anonymized dataset of all crimes in the UK could have benefits for local citizens and businesses, there is also the risk that the data could be used to infringe on civil liberties.
The World Wide Web can be a charlatan's playground with the potential of accessing reams of personal details and passwords to exploit as they please. Of course, there are secure solutions in place and we can all do our bit to ensure our information remains safe, but in some cases, fraud manages to succeed. Socure is an identity fraud detection service aimed at providing organisations or website owners with the tools to help prevent fraud and ensure that their customers are who they say they are. Socure's API makes it possible to integrate this functionality into websites and applications.
The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released an API for access to National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data: NCVS API. NCVS data includes the frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States compiled on an annual basis. The API constitutes one of many steps the federal government plans to make in an attempt to open access to data.
The ProPublica Forensics API allows access to data from Propublica's investigation into the quality of autopsies across America. The API provides "state and county-level data about coroner and medical examiner systems in the United States." The RESTful API is available in JSON, XML and JSON-P formats. An astounding variety of data are available, from the ratio of autopsies to what is expected, to the number of uncertified pathologists working in a state or county system, and on and on.
A murder in New York is twice as likely to occur at night. And thankfully, we've just finished June, which statistically has slightly more murders than other months. For more, the New York Times has a created a rich mashup to keep you up to date.