A new report from the Inspector General of the Department of
Homeland Security finds the Transportation Security Administration
"did not ensure that privacy protections were in place" for the 12
million airline passenger records it collected between February
2002 and June of 2003 as it developed CAPPS II, the precursor to
the Secure Flight passenger screening program. Additionally, "TSA
officials made inaccurate statements regarding those transfers that
undermined public trust in the agency." In a separate study, the
Government Accountability Office has found the TSA has improved
privacy protection and passenger data collection for Secure Flight.
"However," the report states, "TSA has not yet completed these
efforts or fully addressed these areas." The GAO recommends TSA
finalize test plans, privacy requirements, cost estimates and the
means by which passenger data is transmitted from airlines to the
agency. Secure Flight is now scheduled to begin operations with two
unnamed carriers this August.