The Transit Security Administration, or TSA, is everyone's favorite band of armed thugs. Now, they're better than ever! How, you ask? Now they are apparently creating a new database on passengers covering all kind of personal things that have nothing to do with "potential terrorist attributes", such as what your preferences for in-flight meals are. How do they find out this information, anyway? One can only assume that it requires complacency, and even active participation of the airlines and airport personell to do their dirty work. In short, they are enslaved, as they aren't being compensated, nor being asked whether they would like to even do such things in the first place! From an article from the EFF:
Washington, D.C. - An invasive and unprecedented data-mining system is set to be deployed on U.S. travelers Monday, despite substantial questions about Americans' privacy. In comments sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked the agency to delay the program's rollout until it makes more details available to the public and addresses critical privacy and due process concerns.
The Automated Targeting System (ATS) will create and assign "risk assessments" to tens of millions of citizens as they enter and leave the country. Individuals will have no way to access information about their "risk assessment" scores or to correct any false information about them. But once the assessment is made, the government will retain the information for 40 years -- as well as make it available to untold numbers of federal, state, local, and foreign agencies in addition to contractors, grantees, consultants, and others.
"The government is preparing to give millions of law-abiding citizens 'risk assessment' scores that will follow them throughout their lives," said EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel. "If that wasn't frightening enough, none of us will have the ability to know our own score, or to challenge it. Homeland Security needs to delay the deployment of this system and allow for an informed public debate on this dangerous proposal."
Earlier this month, EFF's FLAG Project submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to DHS seeking more details about the ATS data-mining program, but the agency has not yet disclosed the requested information.
Don't make it easy for them, kiddies!