TSA suspends Registered Traveler enrollments

TSA suspends Registered Traveler enrollments
TSA suspends Registered Traveler enrollments

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By Alice Lipowicz
August 5, 2008

The Transportation Security Administration has suspended new enrollments 
for the largest vendor in the Registered Traveler program following the 
company's loss of a laptop PC that contained unencrypted personal 
information on 33,000 participants in the program.

The TSA said the vendor, Verified Identity Pass Inc., was found to be 
=E2=80=9Cnot in compliance=E2=80=9D with the agency=E2=80=99s requirement to encrypt sensitive 
personal information submitted by applicants and enrollees, according to 
TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis. Although the agency has authority to suspend 
the program overall and impose civil penalties, Davis said today neither 
additional action is now being considered.
The laptop was stolen from a locked office at San Francisco 
International Airport, Verified Identity Pass said in a statement. The 
personal information the laptop contained is protected by two levels of 
password protection and does not include Social Security numbers, 
biometric data or credit card information, the company said. The 
individuals affected were mostly new applicants along with a few members 
seeking re-enrollment.
=E2=80=9CWe don=E2=80=99t believe the security or privacy of these would-be members will 
be compromised in any way,=E2=80=9D Steven Brill, chief executive of the 
company, said in a statement.

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