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CAPPS II system criticised in GAO report.


The US government has been criticised for not adequately addressing security and privacy concerns in its plans to use personal information to rank airline passengers.

The Bush administration wants to begin testing a new programme this spring which will use personal information to rank airline passengers as potential security threats. The programme - Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II) - will then be put in place during the summer.

However, findings by the General Accounting Office (GAO) could delay the introduction of the system to satisfy concerns that the system is accurate, the technology ensures privacy, safeguards exist to prevent abuse, and that passengers mistakenly identified as a threat have some recourse.

Congress has said that the government may not spend any money for testing or implementation of the programme until the GAO reports that the specific concerns are satisfied, reported The Associated Press.

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Date:Feb 12, 2004
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