WaPo: TSA’s new Pre-Check programs raises major privacy concerns

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Should travelers be worried about loss of privacy by enrolling in Pre-Check?

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  2. Yes; it's loss of privacy, big time.

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  3. Who cares?

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  1. NYCUA1K

    NYCUA1K Gold Member

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    When the Transportation Security Administration’s Pre-Check formally launches sometime this fall, its trusted-traveler program will already have the enthusiastic endorsement of frequent travelers — and an equally enthusiastic denouncement from privacy advocates.
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    But you might think twice before plunking down the $85 that a five-year Pre-Check membership is expected to cost. Privacy advocates and some consumers are uneasy about government trusted-traveler programs like this one. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be approved, and if you aren’t, you may never know why. And Pre-Check status is no guarantee that you can avoid a standard TSA screening, which includes a full-body scan or a so-called “enhanced” pat-down.

    “If you sign up, you’ll want to keep your nose clean for the rest of your life,” says Gregory Nojeim, a director at the Center for Democracy & Technology. “Because that’s how long the FBI will keep your fingerprints.”

    True, as part of the application process, TSA collects a cache of personal information about you, including your prints. They’re held in a database for 75 years, and the database is queried by the FBI and state and local law enforcement as needed to solve crimes at which fingerprints are lifted from crime scenes, according to Nojeim. The prints may also be used for background checks.

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    The WaPo piece is too alarmist, in my view, because the reach of the trusted-traveler program is fully disclosed and enrollment is voluntary, so that only those who are legally "clean" and intend to stay that way should sign up. If crooks voluntarily agree to be fingerprinted to join Pre-Check knowing that the prints will become part of federal law enforcement databases, they will have only themselves to blame if their prints are lifted from a crime scene and they get arrest as a result...
     
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    Has the WaPo ever found a government program that they don't find offensive?
     
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    Pre-check is a great thing when it works. sometimes it doesn't. So what? For the times it does it is just a nicer start to the trip.
     
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    Get Global Entry, and enroll in Pre-Check! It's a no-brainer and makes travelling less painful! Of course, if you're interested becoming a professional criminal, then be sure avoid these programs, and don't fly. ;-)
     

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