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TSA pledges CAPPS II privacy

The controversial computer system that combs databases to assess the risk posed by individual airline passengers would not generate new intelligence or house the information in a database, a top Transportation Security Administration official told lawmakers May 6. The Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System II (CAPPS II) would only use basic passenger information to verify identity and then determine risk, which is presented in a score and its corresponding color: red, yellow or green. The information would not be shared beyond TSA officials or necessary law enforcement, and the information will be destroyed after the passenger has traveled, said TSA Administrator Adm. James Loy. “CAPPS II has the most potential to improve security and customer service,” Loy testified before the House Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census. Full Story

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