Monday, May 21, 2007

US Customs breaking US privacy laws.

Washington Post article by Ellen Nakashima.

The Department of Homeland Security is breaking privacy laws by failing to tell the public all the ways it uses personal information to target passengers boarding flights entering or leaving the United States, according to a draft government report.

The Government Accountability Office, in a report to be released tomorrow, says DHS's Customs and Border Protection agency has never publicly disclosed all the sources of data such as name, credit card number and travel history that it uses to detect passengers who may pose a security risk.

This is in general accord with the world-wide position of customs authorities: You have no privacy rights whatsoever when crossing a national boundary.

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