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Debate in Airline Passenger Database Intensifies As Release Nears

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is an agency that was created in the wake of 9-11 (Public Law 107-71), to quote President Bush, to “give all Americans greater confidence when they fly.”
On July 19, 2002 there was a hearing on the status of the work of this agency, and among the topics discussed were the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS), which was designed in the 1990s to select those passengers who warranted additional security. Since the system had a nasty habit of flagging alot of senior citizens and children, a new and more advanced system (CAPPS II) is in the works. However, the details of the profiling directive of this still secret project has raised objections and privacy concerns, as it will be integrated with law enforcement databases on a domestic and global scale.

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