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Airline Gave Government Information on Passengers

A second airline has acknowledged releasing information on its passengers for an experiment to determine if the government could “mine” the data to spot terrorists. The carrier, Northwest Airlines, confirmed that it gave NASA data on passengers who flew during several months in 2001. The airline’s action came to light through Freedom of Information Act requests made to the Transportation Security Administration and NASA by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington-based privacy-rights group. It was reported on the Web site of The Washington Post on Saturday. The information Northwest turned over to the government appears to involve more than 10 million passengers, said David L. Sobel, the general counsel for the privacy group. Full Story

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