Update on CAPPS II and Collection of “Real” Passenger Data

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 29, 2003

According to Admiral James M. Loy, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), commenting on CAPPS II at briefing in Washington, D.C. on September 26, “We do need to get on with real testing of real data…”

  • From dc.internet.com, further information on Loy’s comments, which indicate that “if no airlines voluntarily provide data for a 180-day testing period of the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II) scheduled for later this year, he (Loy) will issue a security directive mandating the airlines provide the information.”
  • Released today by TSA, this CAPPS II Fact Sheet, which states in part, “CAPPS II will authenticate the identity of passengers by checking the passenger name record – including full name, home address, telephone number and date of birth – against commercial databases. In addition, a risk assessment will be done by checking passenger names against government databases. For the vast majority of passengers, this information will be discarded within a few days of the successful completion of the itinerary.”
  • See also this Notice of status of system of records; Interim final notice; Request for further comments on CAPPS II, from the Federal Register, August 1, 2003. Public comments are due by September 30, and the TSA notice above indicates receipt of more than 8,000 comments.
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