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TSA Helped JetBlue Share Data, Report Says

Contractors Had Passenger Records. Several Transportation Security Administration employees improperly helped and encouraged JetBlue Airways Corp. to share private passenger data with the Defense Department, according to an internal investigative report issued yesterday. While TSA employees did not violate federal privacy law, they “acted without appropriate regard for individual privacy interest of the spirit of the Privacy Act of 1974,” the report stated. The Privacy Act limits federal agencies to collecting only information that is necessary to carry out their missions. The report found that the TSA employees acted as middlemen between JetBlue and the defense agency, whose work was unrelated to transportation security. “While these actions may have been well intentioned and without malice, the employees arguably misused the oversight capacity of the TSA to encourage this data sharing,” the report stated. Full Story

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