Thursday, 5 January 2012

TSA is expanding its "PreCheck" (pre-crime) traveller registration scheme

I'll be on the Patt Morrison show on KPCC (the main NPR station in greater Los Angeles) from 2-2:30 p.m. to talk about the expansion to LAX and more other airports of the TSA's PreCheck traveller registration program.

Listen (on the air or online) and call in with your questions and comments.

[Click here to download as MP3 podcast]

By way of background, the PreCheck (pre-crime?) program, formerly labelled with the ironic acronym "ESP", is the latest incarnation of a concept that just won't die. I've been writing about the registered traveller idea since the TSA and selected airlines rolled out its first predecessor in 2004, most recently when the private franchisee who operated another version of a traveller registration program went bankrupt in 2009.

Before you sign up, you might want to read the TSA's notice of the records it keeps about people in the PreCheck program and the regulations exempting the TSA's files about registered travellers from the requirements of the Privacy Act for accuracy, relevance, rights of access to files about yourself, and accounting for disclosures of these records to other government agencies or third parties.

(You can hear my previous interview with Patt Morrison from the same show on KPCC last year here.)

Link | Posted by Edward on Thursday, 5 January 2012, 13:50 ( 1:50 PM) | TrackBack (0)

As is typical with government-private partnerships, the government did it's best to increase its power by continually changing the rules so as to drive CLEAR and Preferred out of business. Having succeeded in "demonstrating" that private enterprise isn't up to the challenge, it then takes over the functions itself.

Posted by: Anonymous, 5 January 2012, 14:40 ( 2:40 PM)
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