By Joe Kay:
Secret US database on international travelers exposed
5 December 2006
Details have emerged of a US government program that collects information and creates a “risk profile” of all people entering and leaving the United States.
The program, secretly in place since 2002, is part of much broader system of government spying and attacks on privacy rights.
According to an Associated Press (AP) article from November 30, international travelers are given a score “after computers assess their travel records, including where they are from, how they paid for tickets, their motor vehicle records, past one-way travel, seating preference and what kind of meal they ordered.”
The program also accesses other federal and commercial databases. The assessment is stored for 40 years.
The government announcement gave the impression that the program would be launched a month after the notice was published, beginning on December 4.
However, according to the AP, the program has actually been in place for at least four years without any public announcement.
This is clear violation of the Privacy Act of 1974, which was passed after revelations of massive privacy abuses by the Nixon administration.
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