In a move that will likely only heighten the fears in the
trucking industry, Transportation Security Administration officials went back
on their word – the agency collected personal information about airline
passengers even after officials said it wouldn’t.
The Associated Press reported that a contractor with
the agency used three data brokers to collect information about U.S. citizens
who flew on commercial airlines in June 2004. The data was collected by the
third-party contractor as part of a test for an anti-terrorism screening
program called Secure Flight.
The contractor, EagleForce Associates, combined the data
with data from three other contractors to include first, last and middle names;
home addresses and phone numbers; birthdates; name suffixes; second surnames;
first names of spouses; gender; second addresses; third addresses; ZIP codes;
and latitude and longitude of address.
As if that weren’t enough, EagleForce then put the
information onto CD-ROMs and provided them to TSA for use in watch list match
TSA officials had said previously that the agency would not
store this airline passenger data and, in fact, is prevented from doing so by
the Privacy Act of 1974, which prohibits the government from keeping a secret
The TSA had also been ordered by Congress not to collect and
store such information.
across the country, as well as the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
Association, have raised concerns about TSA’s use of private, third-party
contractors in its background checks of hazmat drivers
checks started this year amid an outcry that one of the subcontractors involved
is USIS Commercial Services Inc., which
does business under the trade name of DAC Services. Truckers know DAC Services
because of its business collecting and selling drivers’ employment information