Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New database being collected on airline passengers

From RawStory.com:

US/E.U. plan to database airline passengers' personal information raises deep privacy concerns.

While Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff calls it "an essential security measure," worries arise about a looming privacy threat in the new agreement between the United States and the European Union, effective August 1, 2007, that allows the United States to keep extensive profiles of inbound airline passengers.

In addition to data such as name, address, flight itineraries, and credit card information, the United States will now database more intimate details about passengers as provided by airlines, such as race, political opinions, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation.

See the video of the story on CNN at the above link.


At 11:55 AM, Blogger Salo said...

I'm sure that knowing sexual orientation helps to weed out those with terroristic tendencies..

At 6:33 AM, Blogger Cordelia said...

Salo, As we say in the US, you betcha. Enjoy the following (I don't know how much cultural translation is needed, but I'll guess Dave is up to the task). Nothing unsavory in this link, which just pokes fun at the American redneck stereotype/ mentality:


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