Name Matching & Revision (Part 1)

Also this year in connection with the Name Matching numerous questions were asked by auditors. Next year it won't be different, which is why we start with a series of Know How articles about Name Matching. In this first article we will characterize the problem of Name Matching.

Here is the most important thing about the problem of name matching:

Name Matching is a so-called "ill-posed problem“. These are problems that do not have a single solution and do not adapt constantly (without jumps) to changing conditions. Read more: Well-posed problems

Name Matching is multidimensional. Whether two names are variants of the same name depends on different aspects. The most important aspects are the correspondence of individual name components (e.g. Markus and Marcus), assignability of the name components (e.g. names with two or three name components) and phonetic aspects. Read more: Phonetic name search

With name matching, you can't have your cake and eat it too. If you want to consider many name variants, you have to accept many wrong ones. If you don't want too many wrong variants, you risk missing the right ones. Read more: Balanced Name Matching.

Complete Revision of the Federal Data Protection Act

The complete revision's draft of the Federal Data Protection Act is currently in political consultation. Data Protection is to be increased by giving people more control over their private data as well as reinforcing transparancy regarding the handling of confidential data.

Links: draft, report

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