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Our private and personal information-mishandled by the Transportation Security Administration
 


25 March 2005 at 12:00:00 AM
salon

Homeland Security Department Acting Inspector General Richard Skinner, after an investigation, found that the TSA had "misled" the public about the personal information it got to test the CAPPS system. What types of items?

_In September 2003, the agency's Freedom of Information Act staff received hundreds of requests from Jet Blue passengers asking if the TSA had their records. After a cursory search, the FOIA staff posted a notice on the TSA Web site that it had no JetBlue passenger data. Though the FOIA staff found JetBlue passenger records in TSA's possession in May, the notice stayed on the Web site for more than a year.

_In November 2003, TSA chief James Loy incorrectly told the Governmental Affairs Committee that certain kinds of passenger data were not being used to test passenger prescreening.

_ In September 2003, a technology magazine reporter asked a TSA spokesman whether real data were used to test the passenger prescreening system. The spokesman said only fake data were used; the responses "were not accurate," the report said.

and

Between February 2002 and June 2003, TSA had a role in 14 transfers of data involving at least 12 million records obtained without passengers' knowledge or permission from America West, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Frontier and JetBlue.

The information the TSA obtained is part of the CAPPS system that is used to screen passengers; the same system that records, without public redress, when a passenger is considered a flight risk.

When a government agency deliberately "misleads" the public about the extent of its improperly obtaining passenger records, we believe those actions should more properly be called "Lying".


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