Softcheck™ - The fastest, most affordable way to assess risk.

What is Softcheck?

Softcheck is an all in one solution to identify risk using real-time public information. Designed to reduce the instances of high-risk hires, tenants and customers by delivering automated, intelligent customer screening and decision-ready intelligence.

Softcheck™ Includes

Criminal Record Search

Public criminal and court records from around the world including PACER (USA), 350+ courts, boards and tribunals in Canada and records from 240 other countries (Interpol, country-specific government and state agencies, and police forces).

Adverse Media Scan

Over 200,000 sources of adverse media/negative news that using artificial intelligence, sorts risk relevant articles and captures individuals before they appear on a sanctions list or court record.

Fraud Watchlists

A scan of thousands of watchlists dedicated to reporting fraud including governing regulatory bodies (financial and securities commissions) from around the world.

Known Affiliations

A search of police, government and public databases for known affiliations to gangs, terrorist organizations and other negative groups.

Global Sanctions and Enforcement

Checks against known or suspected money launderers, terrorists, or other persons considered high risk. Comprehensive coverage of global AML risk data sources including sanction lists (such as OFAC, UN, HMT, EU, DFAT, and many more),

Public Safety Check

A search of the world’s most comprehensive database of individuals and groups that are recognized threats to public safety.

Sex Offender Registry Check

A Softcheck searches registries for every state, province and territory in hundreds of countries.

Global Clearance Check

A search of known domestic and international terrorist watchlists as well as the records of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Excluded Parties List (EPL) and additional domestic and international agency lists.

Public Profile Scan

A search of social media platforms for public social media profiles, positive news articles and high-risk behaviour.

Other Searches

Eviction records, corporate blacklists and other niche data from reputable sources.


How often is Softcheck Updated?

This content is updated daily and curated using both Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning with expert oversight from compliance experts.

How Accurate is Softcheck?

With the right information, Softcheck is 99% accurate. Like a search engine, Softcheck becomes more accurate when provided with more data. A search of a common name without date of birth, SSN/SIN or may yield false positives.

Is Softcheck legal?

Softcheck is perfectly legal. Certn worked with privacy commissioners and leading compliance professionals from across North America to ensure our processes are legal and ethical.

Does Softcheck violate human rights?

No. We never look at race, religion, sexual preference, family status or any other characteristic protected by any human rights legislation. Certn does not analyze photos, nor do we review content that is not public. Example: We never look at social profiles that are set to “private”.

What bodies have you consulted with to ensure compliance?

We have consulted with representatives from:

  • The Federal Trade Commission (Fair Credit Reporting Act)
  • Housing and Urban Development (Fair Housing Act)
  • Office of the Information Privacy Commissioner

Do you look at social media?

Yes. We find all public profiles, provide clients with links and evaluate them for risk. We never look at images, nor do we ever collect, evaluate or store any information that might be protected by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

How do you make sure you find the right person?

Our algorithms look at a number of factors but our system relies most heavily on the applicant’s email matching the primary or recovery email address associated with the social media account.