Thursday, 23 October 2003
Congress, think tank discuss mining and aggregating travel data
At least some members of Congress still seem to be under the delusion that anyone knows what the airline reservation of a would-be terrorist would look like, according to this report in Wired News
"When somebody buys a ticket on Delta Airlines in Munich, Germany, if there's any potential for (that person to have) a suspicious background, I want bells and whistles to go off on that computer," Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) told the group of 25 or so policy makers assembled in the Russell Senate Office Building's third floor."
But according to my sources, including one who worked on CAPPS-II tests, even when the CAPPS-II "proof of concept" contractors were given real reservation data for the tests, they weren't given any "terrorist" reservations, or any criteria for how to find them. The tests were judged solely by throughput, and the ability to assign a "risk" score to each reservation. Whether that score had any relationship to actual risk wasn't part of the test purpose, protocol, or evaluation criteria.
Posted by Edward on Thursday, 23 October 2003, 16:38 ( 4:38 PM)
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