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Feds secretly collect data on young Americans, airline passengers -- illegally?

Feds secretly collect data on young Americans, airline passengers -- illegally?
Feds secretly collect data on young Americans, airline passengers -- illegally?

16 to 25? Pentagon Has Your Number, and More

June 24, 2005

The Defense Department and a private contractor have been building an
extensive database of 30 million 16-to-25-year-olds, combining names
with Social Security numbers, grade-point averages, e-mail addresses
and phone numbers.

The department began building the database three years ago, but
military officials filed a notice announcing plans for it only last
month. That is apparently a violation of the federal Privacy Act,
which requires that government agencies accept public comment before
new records systems are created.

David S. C. Chu, the under secretary of defense for personnel and
readiness, acknowledged yesterday that the database had been in the
works since 2002. Pentagon officials said they discovered in May 2004
that no Privacy Act notice had been filed. The filing last month was
an effort to correct that, officials said.

Mr. Chu said the database was just a tool to send out general
material from the Pentagon to those most likely to enlist.

"Congress wants to ensure the success of the volunteer force," he
said at a reporters' roundtable in Washington. "Congress does not
want conscription, the country does not want conscription. If we
don't want conscription, you have to give the Department of Defense,
the military services, an avenue to contact young people to tell them
what is being offered. It would be na=C3=AF=C2=BF1=C5=BD2ve to believe that in any
enterprise, that you are going to do well just by waiting for people
to call you."


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Government Collected Personal Data onAirline Passengers
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 01:08:41 -0400
From: Randall  
To: Dave  
CC: Declan McCullagh 
Government Collected Personal Data On Airline Passengers
Leslie MillerMon Jun 20,11:12 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP)--The federal agency in charge of aviation security
collected extensive personal information about airline passengers even
though Congress forbade it and officials said they wouldn't do it,
according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

The Transportation Security Administration is buying and storing
detailed personal information about U.S. citizens who flew on commercial
airlines in June 2004 as part of a test of a terrorist screening program
called Secure Flight, according to documents that will be published in
the Federal Register this week.

"TSA is losing the public's trust," said Tim Sparapani, a privacy lawyer
with the American Civil Liberties Union. "They have a repeated,
consistent problem with doing one thing and then saying they did

Secure Flight and its predecessor, CAPPS II, have been criticized for
secretly obtaining personal information about airline passengers and
failing to do enough to protect it.

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