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What the DHS collects about US Visitors ?

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

A recent post in the blog philosecurity discussed a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Automated Targeting System (ATS) revealing some of the information held by the DHS on all US visitors, The ATS records was obtained through a FOIA/Privacy Act request.

The ATS document reveals that the DHS is storing the following Personal information on any US visitor:

-Credit card number and expiration
-IP address used to make web travel reservations
-Hotel information and itinerary
-Full Name, birth date and passport number
-Full airline itinerary, including flight numbers and seat numbers
-Cruise ship itinerary
-Phone numbers, incl. business, home & cell
-Every frequent flyer and hotel number associated with the subject, even ones not used for the specific reservation
-Travel Agent name and contact
-All the hotels that the Travel Agent recommended.

I want to add that the ATS report also include personal preferences like:

-Smoking/Non Smoking Hotel Room preferences
-Preferred Airplane seats ( Rear/Front/Window)

Interestingly enough the DHS’s ATS report does not contain information about International flights using Private Jets

All this information is used to assign a “Risk Factor” marking the likelihood of any involvement with a terrorist cell or criminal activity.

The full ATS report can be found here

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