The TSA is considering the use of commercial data to screen passengers, a controversial practice that was previously blocked in Washington. In 2005 Congress suspended funding for Secure Flight, a program that relied on the use of commercial data, after EPIC, the General Accounting Office, and others identified security and privacy vulnerabilities. TSA's current effort also comes as the Federal Trade Commission is studying the practices of the data broker industry. For more information, see EPIC: Secure Flight and EPIC: Passenger Profiling.
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