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Re: Unencrypted laptop with Clear Program data stolen
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 09:06:26 -0700


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From: Lin, Herb [HLin () nas edu]
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 12:05 PM
To: David Farber; ip
Cc: dpreed () reed com
Subject: RE: [IP] Re:   Unencrypted laptop with Clear Program data stolen

 Regarding the Clear program, David Reed says:

"non-Clear passengers are supposed to trust Clear with our very LIVES... the Fast Pass bypasses normal security 
measures in airports that are supposed to protect us."

I'm a member of a related program (RTGO) that uses "Clear" facilities for screening etc.  As far as i can tell, i get 
to bypass the LINES at the main security screening point, but the screening itself is identical to what you get there.  
Same process - same metal detectors/sniffers, same carry-on baggage X-ray.

So from where i stand, there's no real difference except the lines.

herb



-----Original Message-----
From: David Farber [mailto:dave () farber net]
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 11:44 AM
To: ip
Subject: [IP] Re: Unencrypted laptop with Clear Program data stolen


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From: David P. Reed [dpreed () reed com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 11:40 AM
To: David Farber
Cc: ip
Subject: Re: [IP] Unencrypted laptop with Clear Program data stolen

Note that Clear's got some very severe and very obvious privacy policy issues.  I noticed this first when I saw the 
early marketing materials in San Jose Airport a few years ago (I picked up the brochure as someone interested in 
security and privacy).

1) Clear's privacy policy is not made clear in any of its marketing materials.  Interesting because Clear is granted a 
great deal of authority by our US government!  (there is an "online privacy" policy, but careful reading of it gives no 
understanding WHATSOEVER about what privacy an applicant can expect.  Perhaps that's because the US government will 
receive all information, and our wonderful Executive Branch makes no limits to its claims.

2) Clear's ownership, location, contact information, etc. are not available in any of its marketing materials.  This is 
incredibly odd behavior for a company that says "trust us", not only to its customers, but ALSO by implication we as 
non-Clear passengers are supposed to trust Clear with our very LIVES... the Fast Pass bypasses normal security measures 
in airports that are supposed to protect us.

So we are trusting an mysterious spooky company who refuses to tell us who they are, and we are trusting them despite 
having no policy!

It's not Clear who are the idiots.   It's TSA, DHS, Congress and the
American public who are the idiots.

If a US Bank had such a lack of accountability, they'd be sued to death at the first error they made.



David Farber wrote:
This clarifies just what was on laptop. The idiots   djf
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From: Joshua Tinnin [krinklyfig () gmail com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 12:32 AM
To: David Farber
Subject: Unencrypted laptop with Clear Program data stolen

Unbelieveable. You can't make this stuff up.

http://cbs5.com/local/tsa.security.clear.2.788083.html

Missing SFO Laptop With Sensitive Data Found

SAN FRANCISCO INT'L AIRPORT (CBS 5 / AP / BCN) ― The company that runs
a fast-pass security prescreening program at San Francisco
International Airport said Tuesday that it found a laptop containing
the personal information of 33,000 people more than a week after it
apparently went missing.

The Transportation Security Administration announced late Monday that
it had suspended new enrollments to the program, known as Clear, after
the unencrypted computer was reported stolen at SFO.



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