ACLU: TSA Once Again Considering Using Commercial Data To Profile Passengers

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Compares Pre-Check to the infamous CAPPS II ...

    ACLU: TSA Once Again Considering Using Commercial Data To Profile Passengers

    The TSA has issued a “Market Research Announcement” in which the agency expresses a desire to expand its Pre-Check whitelist program by allowing private companies to carry out risk analysis of Americans that would determine whether they are “trusted” enough to participate in the trusted traveler program. This would be a major step toward turning the agency’s Pre-Check whitelist into the insidious kind of passenger profiling system that was proposed under the Bush Administration in the wake of 9/11, and a confirmation of our longstanding warnings that the logic of the risk-assessment approach to security will drive the government toward the use of more and more data on individuals. It would be the most significant of the new initiatives the TSA is looking at this year.

    Currently, under Pre-Check, travelers who have attained a certain level within the frequent flier programs of six airlines can apply for the program by providing the government with certain information and, if they are accepted, receive access to expedited security lines. Department of Defense personnel and those with certain security clearances may now also join—and future expansions are inevitable. Although it is currently limited in scope, we have been warning that this kind of program points us down the road of engaging in background checks and discriminatory profiling of passengers. The concept raises knotty questions about fairness; we don’t know who is approved for this program and who is rejected, and based on what data, or what criteria for evaluating that data.

    Defenders of Pre-Check point out that it is voluntary. However, as the agency explicitly states in this new document, “TSA desires to maximize appropriate participation in expedited screening initiatives.” In short, it hopes to lighten the screening load as much as possible by enrolling as many people as it can in Pre-Check. That means that ultimately, we face the prospect of a two-class airline security system, or even a system in which simply everyone has a Pre-Check ID, and the hapless group who can’t get one become a security underclass. Then the Pre-Check is adopted for all kinds of other purposes by piggybacking organizations, and like a “voluntary” credit card, it becomes impossible to fully participate in American life without one, and those who are shut out—and they won’t know why—face all kinds of obstacles and disadvantages.


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  2. TSA News Blog

    TSA News Blog News Feed

    The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has a new blog post up about various aspects of the TSA, including Pre-Check, about which we’ve written so many times, and racial/ethnic/whim-based profiling (likewise), and data mining in general.​
    For those who follow the TSA or this blog, none of this information is new. But for those who are still skeptical, perhaps they’ll be more likely to believe the ACLU (or not — I don’t profess to understand what people believe and why anymore). It’s also helpful to have a lot of this information in one place.​
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  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Illustrated with a picture of Larry, Curly & Mo ...

    Reason: TSA Pre-Screening, Now With Access to Your Shopping Habits

    The Transportation Security Adminstration wants a little help with its trusted traveler program. More to the point, the TSA is looking for private providers who can demonstrate some competency in pre-screening travelers who volunteer for the process in search of a quicker route through the airport that involves, perhaps, a bit less fondling and probing. Along those lines, the TSA issued a market research request for information last week "to obtain market research, test, and demonstration information relative to the possible expansion of expedited aviation physical screening initiatives." The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned that this is just another step toward a total-surveillance security state, and it just might be. But it also likely represents an opportunity for the TSA to bypass its own awe-inspiring history of incompetence — or to, once again, screw something up.

  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Big Sis will declare "anyone who doesn't have a Facebook account is a terrorist" in 3...2...1...
  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Reason nailed it, TSA is creating a security underclass. This something many of us have been saying since they foisted PreCheck on America in an effort to create a propaganda to offset reports of their gropings and thefts.

    They mentioned a few weeks that there are only 1 million Precheck members and in another disinformation release say that 5 million have used it. So some folks are getting lots of free passes but most everyone else, about 680 million a year, are getting the blue glove special.
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Almost 2 million people fly each day and only 5 million hve used PooCheck since inception. Do the math, PooCheck is a failure.

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