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U.S. Reviewing Air Passenger-Screening Plan

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has suspended development of an airline passenger-screening program until it can assess any threats to passenger privacy, department officials said on Friday. Prompted by hundreds of complaints, the department is reviewing its Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System, known as CAPPS II, to ensure it complies with privacy laws and it plans to release a public report next week, officials said. “We are intending relatively shortly to put out an additional privacy notice,” said Brian Turmail, a spokesman for the department’s Transportation Security Administration. “Ostensibly, no testing will happen until that privacy notice is placed, and it should happen shortly.” Homeland Security officials said development had been suspended for about three weeks during the review. The review is not expected to imperil the program or delay its planned implementation, which could occur as soon as next January. But it is likely to reveal important details about how the “data mining” system would affect ordinary travelers. Full Story

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