EdHasbrouckBay Area-based travel and security expert Edward Hasbrouck was recently quoted in a New York Times article about the fact that the Transportation Security Administration “is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.”

What? It gets worse. Although details of the new program have not been announced, the agency can access “tax identification number, past travel itineraries, property records, physical characteristics, and law enforcement or intelligence information.”

“Privacy groups contacted by The New York Times expressed concern over the security agency’s widening reach,” the article states.

“I think the best way to look at it is as a pre-crime assessment every time you fly,” said Edward Hasbrouck, a consultant to the Identity Project, one of the groups that oppose the prescreening initiatives. “The default will be the highest, most intrusive level of search, and anything less will be conditioned on providing some additional information in some fashion.”

The article also discusses the facts that TSA records, which contain “information about travelers accused of ‘violations or potential violations’ of security regulations … may be shared with ‘a debt collection agency for the purpose of debt collection’ … [and] fingerprints submitted by people who apply for the [PreCheck] program will be used by the F.B.I. to check its unsolved crimes database.”

 


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