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New U.S. Customs Database
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 19:24:06 -0500

US Customs announces massive new database on trucks and travelers
11/3/2006 10:51:44 AM, by Nate Anderson

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US Customs and Border Protection issued a notice in the Federal Register yesterday which detailed the agency's massive database that keeps risk assessments on every traveler entering or leaving the country. Citizens who are concerned that their information is inaccurate are all but out of luck: the system "may not be accessed under the Privacy Act for the purpose of contesting the content of the record."

The system in question is the Automated Targeting System, which is associated with the previously-existing Treasury Enforcement Communications System. TECS was built to screen people and assets that moved in and out of the US, and its database contains more than one billion records that are accessible by more than 30,000 users at 1,800 sites around the country. Customs has adapted parts of the TECS system to its own use and now plans to screen all passengers, inbound and outbound cargo, and ships.


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