Monday, 14 May 2007

TSA shows how well it protects personal data

Public Statement on Employee Data Security Incident

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, May 3, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) became aware of a potential data security incident involving approximately 100,000 archived employment records of individuals employed by the agency from January 2002 until August 2005. An external hard drive containing personnel data (including name, social security number, date of birth, payroll information, bank account and routing information) was discovered missing from a controlled area at the TSA Headquarters Office of Human Capital. It is unclear at this stage whether the device is still within headquarters or was stolen. TSA immediately reported the incident to senior DHS and law enforcement officials and launched an investigation. TSA is treating this incident as a criminal matter and has asked the FBI to investigate. The U.S. Secret Service is also assisting in the forensic review of equipment and facilities. TSA is cooperating fully.

CLICK HERE for TSA’s website dedicated to the Employee Data Security Incident.

It’s an interesting comparison with the TSA’s disinterest in how travellers personal data has been misused, or in the criminal violations of the Privacy Act that has entailed. I’m still waiting for an answer to any of my questions about those crimes, or any indication form the TSA and DHS privacy offices that they have been treated as criminal matters or are being investigated.

Link | Posted by Edward on Monday, 14 May 2007, 19:48 ( 7:48 PM)

I used to work for TSA. Number nine in national seniority in the USA. A supervisor and number one in seniority at Dallas Ft. Worth airport in both baggage and passenger. Was a member of Mobile Screening Force. Check my website out and feel free to tell as many about it as possible. Find me at or email me at

Tex Linebarger

Posted by: Tex Linebarger, 18 June 2007, 12:55 (12:55 PM)
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