Monday, 26 April 2004

Registered Traveler / Trusted Traveler juggernaut

Business Travel News reports today that the USA Transportation Security Administration is evaluating responses to its request for proposals from private companies to operate a trial version of a Registered Traveller (formerly known as “Trusted Traveller”) system at selected USA airports. BTN also reports on several trials of similar systems in other countries as part of the the Simplifying Passenger Travel (SPT)initiative of IATA and other air travel industry groups.

The SPT initiative shows the convergence of industry interests in automated collection of data about travellers, at each point in their journey, for marketing, data mining, and business process automation, with government interests in automated data collection for surveillance and creation of permanent travel history files on each traveller.

But while a survey of corporate travel executives by ACTE found that, as also reported today by BTN , many expressed their willingness to participate in a registered travel program, many of the same survey respondents indicated they were “unaware that TSA would require companies or airlines to submit PNR information for background investigation,” an ACTE spokesperson is quoted as saying.

Other companies are trying to sell their own technical systems for similar purposes. I’m quoted in a feature about one of these (using bar codes, showing that more invasive because secretly-readable RFID chips aren’t necessary for passenger tracking, but still more useful for surveillance than security) tonight on Minnesota Public Radio: transcript and links , Real Audio stream (4 minutes).

Link | Posted by Edward on Monday, 26 April 2004, 17:53 ( 5:53 PM)
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