In what could be a violation of the
Privacy Act, the Government Accountability Office says the
Transportation Security Administration used more than 100 million
records from commercial data brokers in testing its controversial
Secure Flight airline passenger-screening program, "even though TSA
stated in its privacy notices that it would not do so." The
commercial records included names, telephone numbers and dates of
birth of airline passengers. In a letter to Homeland Security
secretary Michael Chertoff, senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and
Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), wrote: "Given fundamental concerns
surrounding the government's use of personal information and the
unfortunate history of TSA's passenger prescreening program,
careless missteps such as this jeopardize the public trust and DHS'
ability to deploy a much-needed, new system."