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TSA Will Avoid Invading Traveler Privacy

March 17, 2003

TSA Will Avoid Invading Traveler Privacy
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) team announced this weekend it would not view credit records, traffic violations or other personal traveler data under a controversial new passenger-screening program.

According to, the head of the new screening program, Admiral James Loy, sought to ease travelers’ minds by only hiring private date aggregators to confirm passenger identities and screen out possible hijackers. TSA will not keep records of travelers once they have completed their trips.

Since TSA announced its plans to launch the new screening program, the agency has received a great deal of backlash concerning traveler privacy laws. TSA also plans to establish an independent review board to ensure the system does not violate travelers’ civil liberties and to provide passengers with a division to handle complaints.

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