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I always seem to find interesting articles at 1:00 AM Philippine time. Just when I am about to shut down my laptop and go to bed - here I am speculating the enormity of how anyone's travel can be recorded by Homeland Security. The link below is the actual experience of the blogger requesting his travel records. I must be that ignorant and not realizing that airline companies do give out our travel information. Should we be alarmed? Did we somehow give our consent to the airline companies to give out our travel information including the IP address of the computer that booked that ticket?

Anyhow, the blogger discussed his views on the tracking as a useful information or simply a waste of time.

Please check out the link below:

A Rare Peek at Homeland Security's Files on Travelers

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Comment by Charity Gamboa-Embley on February 24, 2009 at 3:23am
Hi Kati, thanks for the comments.

Yes, I do understand the need to strengthen security measures as long as such measures are not abused for other purposes. There are safeguards like EPIC so that should assure us that such information should be used constructively. I was more speculating on the fact that airline companies should inform people first that they will send our information and make us understand the need to do so OR is this just an internal agreement between airline companies and Homeland Security? I think a lot of people can really understand that. Plus, if such security measures include the profiling of travelers, what happens if you were wrongly profiled?
Comment by Kat on February 23, 2009 at 11:14pm
Hi Charity,

Post-September 11, several measures have been considered to improve aviation security. Some of these proposals, such as improved training for airport screeners, checking all bags for bombs, strengthening cockpit doors, and placing air marshals on flights, do not implicate privacy interests and are sound security measures. Others, however, present privacy and security risks to air travelers. These proposals concern efforts to identify passengers and schemes to distinguish the "good guys" from the "bad." EPIC has been monitoring the developments in their website http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/



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