May 8, 2006 | By Derek Slater

Guardian on the Consequences of Secure Flight and Other Security Theatre

In a recent article, the Guardian covers the many privacy-invasive initiatives being implemented as part of airport security screening. The journey starts with a seemingly innocous event -- finding another traveler's ticket stub:

"If the expert was right, this stub would enable me to access Broer's personal information, including his passport number, date of birth and nationality. It would provide the building blocks for stealing his identity, ruining his future travel plans - and even allow me to fake his passport.

"It would also serve as the perfect tool for demonstrating the chaotic collection, storage and security of personal information gathered as a result of America's near-fanatical desire to collect data on travellers flying to the US - and raise serious questions about the sort of problems we can expect when ID cards are introduced in 2008."


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