Questions for Peter Pietra, TSA Chief Privacy Officer? Ask now!

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Sunny Goth, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Here's an opportunity --

    I belong to a privacy coalition that EPIC hosts. This Friday they've invited Peter Pietra, the Chief Privacy Officer for the TSA to speak to us about changes that are coming to whole body scanning and screening systems used at US airports.

    This is a closed meeting, but I got permission from EPIC to post here and collect any questions that anyone has for Peter Pietra. I'll collect them and forward to EPIC.

    Please post your questions in this thread or send me a private message/conversation with your questions. I'd appreciate it if you could get your questions to me by 9am pacific time on Thurs. 9/29.

    Mike - if I've posted this thread in the wrong place, please feel free to move it. I put it here because it has to do with screening and because this area seems to get the most traffic. ;)
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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's not only in the right place, I've even made it a sticky for a few days.
  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Cool, thanks. :)
  4. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    My questions would be: Whatever were they thinking when they instituted "pat downs" that are actually nothing more than sexual assault?

    Was the negative reaction on the part of the public expected?

    Are the upcoming changes in reaction to that negative reaction?


    I was remiss in not thanking you for getting permission from EPIC for us to ask questions.
  5. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    When will the sexual assaults and forced irradiations stop?

    When do the 4th Amendment violations stop?

    When do we get our U.S. Constitution back?
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I think she's interested specifically in privacy questions, not in DHS/TSA's failed overall policies.

    Plain or shredded?


    With that in mind: Why don't we receive the requisite privacy information disclosure when TSA records our personal information? And exactly where is that information stored, for how long, and who has access to it.
  7. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I have been frisked by the police. What the TSA is doing isn't frisking. It's groping. When will the gropings stop?

    If you won't stop them, and if they're so innocuous, as TSA claims, then why can't they always be done in public? Don't tell me you only take people into private rooms if they request it. That is false. TSA often forces people into private rooms to be groped. I have the testimony to prove it. Forcing people to be groped behind closed doors -- with two TSA agents in there and no other witnesses -- is setting you up for potential sexual assault charges. What are you going to do about it?
  8. INK

    INK Original Member

    At many airports the process includes questions about my business plans and activities that are considered confidential by my clients. Am I required to answer these questions that may compromise the confidentiality agreements I have with my customers?

    On occasion, the TSO will go through papers and documents as part of the resolution search of my belongings. These papers may contain highly personal financial documents and information from my clients of a confidential nature. What are the limits that the TSO's have in examining personal or confidential documents?

    From time to time the TSA wishes to collect person information about my travel plans for a record they are keeping. What is this record, what is its purpose and what protections in place to protect my private data?

    I have been approved for a NEXUS card and one of the minor reasons is that certain personal data does not appear on the card that is on the driver's license. Even though it is prominently listed on the web site and in your SOP, many of your TDC's are untrained in acceptance of the NEXUS and I am often delayed and inconvenienced at the TDC station because of this. Although it is a marginal privacy issue, why is it that your front line first contact employees can not be properly trained in this task?
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I would like to know exactly what safeguards TSA takes with Personal ID's they copy. What happens to these copies, how is access controlled, who gets them and so forth. Finally what verification acts does TSA take to determine if required safeguards are really being used by individual TSA employees.

    If TSA copies a persons ID then why are we not provided a Privacy Act disclosure as required by federal law?
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  10. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Family members sometimes fly out of small airports. How are you ensuring, given the new highly invasive searches, that female members of my family will not be groped by by a male clerk, either in a standard rubdown (patdown) or in the private search room. Why will TSA not simply drop these cross-sex searches and forbid them?
  11. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    These are great questions! Keep 'em coming.

    And -- you're very welcome, Doober.

    We each do our part. :)
  12. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    "Mr. Pietra, did it hurt when they removed your soul and sense of decency, morality, and ethics so you could take this job? Or were you just born without those? Or maybe you were just grown in a vat somewhere like the front-line TSA screeners appear to have been? Is there a warehouse somewhere filled with the souls of current TSA employees awaiting reimplantation when they're no longer able to grope people, or are they destroyed so those employed by the TSA are permanently damaged in the hiring process?"
  13. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Boggie Dog, may I revise your question to read: Why did the TSA feel it was necessary to exempt itself from being required to provide a Privacy Act notification when recording our information?
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  14. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Yes assuming the first part of the question stands. Given TSA's lack of ability to train its employees in even the most simple tasks I want to know what happens to this information TSA collects.
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  15. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Definitely the first questions stands.
  16. This question needs fine tuning, as I'm not versed in all the details, but here goes... Why aren't Privacy Act statements readily available and offered whenever TSA collects personal information from passengers or examines documents containing personal information? In other words, how can I feel secure that details like my credit card numbers and driver's license information are safe when a screener goes through my wallet?
  17. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    A TSA customer service representative at a major US airport recently threatened me with retaliatory screenings and improper handling of my checked luggage if I were to publically post pictures and comments about the way TSA handled my luggage. His comment? If you post pictures of your luggage on line there will be action taken against you at airports across this country by TSOs. Funny thing is that all I wanted was my tool chest relocked after luggage inspection.

    I thought it was a right and a duty of citizens to be critical of their government when their government over steps its authority. Is this behavior encouraged by DHS/TSA?
  18. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    The fact that those fascist slime have a Privacy Clown is proof positive they have no intention of honoring the 4th amendment again - ever.

    If the TSA honored the U.S. Constitution, they wouldn't need a Privacy Clown to lull the sheeple into complacency over the loss of our Bill of Rights.

    So I'll rephrase my question, but it remains: when do we get to exercise our God-given rights again without persecution from federal slimeballs?
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  19. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It would be even better if you could post video & audio of the customer "service" representative making that threat. What he's say is that either you roll over and accept their abusive, sloppy work habits or they they will make it worse.
  20. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think the issue with Privacy Act Disclosures is that TSA has Opted Out of PIA compliance.

    When Congress created the legislation that formed TSA they gave the head of TSA some extraordinary powers, that of creating any rule they like without oversight. TSA can do most anything and no one can do anything about it, except for extreme public outrage that makes MOC afraid of losing their seat.

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