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Edited by Christian Lowe | Contact

CONGRESS THINKS CAPPS II STINKS

The CAPPS II passenger screening system is seriously screwed up, a new Congressional report finds. The General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm, has spent the last four months studying the controversial program. Its conclusion (according to the L.A. Times):

"Uncertainties surrounding the system's future functionality and schedule alone result in the potential that the system may not meet expected requirements, may experience delayed deployment, and may incur increased costs."

The GAO report found that the Transportation Security Administration, which runs CAPPS II, hadn't adequately addressed seven of eight concerns raised by Congress about the system.

The Times says that "these include preventing abuses, protecting privacy, creating an appeals process, assuring the accuracy of passenger data, testing the system, preventing unauthorized access by hackers and setting out clear policies for the system."

THERE'S MORE: The GAO report is now online here.

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