There are many issues with this program, yes it is a plus but at the same time there are issues where lets say im in the program, I skip ahead in line, they dont search me the fully as they do other passengers - - and knowing this, wouldnt I be at a higher risk, thus not getting proper screening for a high risk PAX (One-way ticket, Cash ect) . . . .
And there are many privacy issues, I can see a Corp. having a relationship with an airline. There is a cost basis behind this as well . .
After all we dont want NW
giving NASA passenger information out again do we?
# EPIC Sues NASA for Passenger Info Disclosure Records. EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act suit (pdf) against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeking more information about Northwest Airlines' disclosure of passenger information to the agency. EPIC recently obtained documents revealing that the airline disclosed millions of passenger records to NASA for use in data mining and passenger profiling research. For more information, see EPIC's page on the Northwest disclosure.(Jan. 22, 2004)
# EPIC Files Privacy Complaint Against Northwest Airlines. In a complaint (pdf) filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation, EPIC alleges that Northwest Airlines engaged in an unfair and deceptive practice when it disclosed millions of passenger records to the federal government. The complaint requests a DOT investigation and the imposition of appropriate sanctions. See EPIC's page on the Northwest disclosure for additional information. (Jan. 20, 2004)
EPIC has urged the agency not to deploy the final phase of the
Registered Traveler program until it conducts a full evaluation of the
program's privacy implications. EPIC argued that the agency should
revise its information collection and maintenance practices to comply
fully with the intent of the Privacy Act.
EPIC made its recommendation in response to the agency's publication
of a notice describing its plans to launch the pilot phase of
Registered Traveler. The program asks individuals to volunteer to
undergo invasive background checks and provide biometric information
in exchange for the assurance that they will not be subjected to
random secondary screening at airports.
EPIC's comments noted the agency's record of secrecy and little regard
for individual privacy interests in the development of other programs,
pointing out that the agency has disclosed little information about
the controversial second generation Computer Assisted Passenger
Prescreening System (CAPPS II
) in response to EPIC's repeated Freedom
of Information Act requests and has also exempted the system from key
Privacy Act provisions.
EPIC noted that TSA
has unnecessarily exempted Registered Traveler
from crucial safeguards intended to promote record accuracy and secure
the privacy of individuals whose information is maintained within the
system. EPIC's comments addressed TSA
's failure to provide
individuals with meaningful access to personal information and
meaningful opportunities to correct inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely
and incomplete information. EPIC also noted Registered Traveler's
exemption from the requirement that a system maintain only information
that is "relevant and necessary" to perform the system's function, and
asserted that TSA
's broadly drawn "routine uses" of Registered
Traveler data would only heighten the system's privacy problems.
Ongoing Issue ~
1. who should be eligible to apply to the program;
2. the type and the extent of background checks needed to certify that applicants can enroll in the program, and who should perform them;
3. the security screening procedures that should apply to registered travelers, and how these would differ from those applied to other travelers; and
4. the extent to which equity, privacy, and liability issues would impede program implementation.
[Edited 2005-05-31 17:44:56]