TSA Seeks to Remove Privacy Act Safeguards for TSA PreCheck

The TSA has proposed to exempt a new TSA PreCheck database from important Privacy Act safeguards. TSA PreCheck allow the federal agency to grant expedited screening to certain travelers. The TSA PreCheck database contains personally identifiable information, including name, birthdate, biometric information, Social Security Number, and financial information. The TSA proposes to disclose TSA PreCheck applicant information to federal, state, tribal, local, territorial, and foreign governmental agencies. The TSA also proposes to exempt these records from the notification, access, and amendment provisions of the federal Privacy Act, the primary law that protects personal information held by the federal government. EPIC has previously testified before Congress that traveler screening procedures should follow all Privacy Act requirements. Comments on the proposed exemptions are due October 11, 2013.

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