Airlines provide passenger data.
"It's basically a prototype for CAPPS II," Internet security specialist Richard M. Smith told the Associated Press, referring to the Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-screening System, a nationwide computer data mining program being developed by the Transportation Security Administration. Torch Concepts used data provided by JetBlue as well as data mining to gather demographic data about the passengers, including Social Security numbers and information about their finances and families. "This was a mistake on our part," JetBlue CEO David Neeleman said in an e-mail sent to customers. Neeleman's e-mail said that Torch "developed this information into a presentation, without JetBlue's knowledge, for a Department of Homeland Security symposium."
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|Title Annotation:||Insider Report|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||Feb 9, 2004|
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