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CAPPS II Cancelled

July 15, 2004

CAPPS II Cancelled

Dept. of Homeland Security Puts Stake in the Heart of Passenger Profiling System

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said yesterday that development of CAPPS II - the government's controversial airline passenger surveillance program – will not continue. As reported by USA Today:

Asked Wednesday whether the program could be considered dead, Ridge jokingly gestured as if he were driving a stake through its heart and said, "Yes."
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien said, "Finally, the Department of Homeland Security has recognized what EFF has been saying all along: the proposed CAPPS II system would be an ineffective, expensive, and unnecessary invasion of travelers' privacy."

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