Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Feel Safer Yet? Before You Answer, We Already Have Your Answer on File

The folks who are supposed to watch out for your security on airline flights have really been watching you. They collected personal information on passengers een though Congress made it illegal and their brass promised not to do it.

The Associated Press got its hands on documents from the Transportation Security Administration. They show the TSA has been buying and storing detailed information on passengers so they could test something called "Secure Flight."

The practice appears to violate the Privacy Act of 1974 which makes it illegal to keep secret databases of American citizens. Congress has worried that the data bases are not secure and someone could steal personal info. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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