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TSA use of personal data raises issues for trusted and untrusted travelers

Excerpt from The New York Times

Mar 11, 2013 12:06 pm

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One of the problems — and there are many — with the use of personal data and the current trusted traveler programs is that the redress mechanisms are a joke. There has to be a way to get a little more transparency into the progams.

— Dennis Schaal

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Aviation security leaders are moving forward with plans to shift toward a risk-based system of passenger screening — an idea supported by the travel industry and government officials who want screeners to focus on travelers who may present a security threat.

But as details emerge on how governments and airlines plan to distinguish between “trusted travelers” eligible for lighter screening and those who will receive more scrutiny, civil liberties groups and some European regulators are questioning the use of vast quantities of personal data to decide which travelers to examine more closely — or to prevent from flying at all.

 

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