Find sanctions targets and persons of interest

OpenSanctions helps investigators find leads, allows companies to manage risk and enables technologists to build data-driven products.

1,874,267 entities · 111 data sources · updated · get bulk data

People and companies that matter

Persons of interest data provides the key that helps analysts find evidence of corruption, money laundering and other criminal activity.

Clean data and transparent process

Our open source data pipeline takes on the complex task of building a clean, de-duplicated, and well-understood dataset.

Sources with global scope

We integrate data from over eighty global sources, including official sanctions lists, data on politically exposed persons and entities of criminal interest.

Use OpenSanctions to manage business risk

OpenSanctions is free for non-commercial users. Business and commercial users must either acquire a data license to use our high-quality dataset, or subscribe to our pay-as-you-go API service.

News & updates

Updates from OpenSanctions, including new features, technical deep dives, and analysis.

  • How we're mapping out politically exposed persons

    How we're mapping out politically exposed persons

    We're taking the plunge and publishing our methodology on collecting PEP data to serve the industry as a potential reference point in a challenging area of compliance data.

    · PEP · Coverage · Transparency
  • Transparency Fabric: It takes a network to fight a network

    Transparency Fabric: It takes a network to fight a network

    The Transparency Fabric aims to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and sanctions evasion by mapping GLEIF's universal entity identifier, the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), to both Open Ownership and OpenSanctions' datasets.

    · GLEIF · BeneficialOwnership · Graph
  • Announcing the logic-v1 scoring mechanism

    Announcing the logic-v1 scoring mechanism

    OpenSanctions is constantly improving our services, and we’ve just released a new version of our API software, `yente`, that lets users try a new matching system. False positives and accuracy are a wicked problem across the AML space, and we’re actively working to improve the precision of our results.

    · Matching · API · Scoring
  • New scoring modes in the OpenSanctions API

    New scoring modes in the OpenSanctions API

    You can now select from a range of different algorithms that score your results when you use the OpenSanctions API to screen a set of companies and people.

    · API · Scoring
  • Introducing our new Advanced Screening search

    Introducing our new Advanced Screening search

    We're introducing a new advanced screening search, which lets you use multiple search criteria and fuzzy matching to identify watchlist entities.

    · Website · Screening

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Collections are datasets provided by OpenSanctions that combine data from various data sources focussed on a topic.

OpenSanctions Default
111 data sources · 1,874,267 entities

This collection includes most of the data collected by OpenSanctions which meets quality standards and would be useful to an analyst or journalist attempting to perform a due-diligence type task.

Consolidated Sanctions
44 data sources · 61,984 entities

Consolidated list of sanctioned entities designated by different countries and international organisations. This can include military, trade and travel restrictions.

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)
20 data sources · 366,862 entities

A politically exposed person (PEP) is a person that has been entrusted with a prominent public function. PEPs include elected officials and members of government.

Warrants and Criminal Entities
23 data sources · 135,833 entities

Companies and people implicated in or convicted of criminal activity, including the "Most Wanted" lists of various countries and international authorities.