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Electronic Records a Possible Violation of Privacy Act

The United States government has been collecting electronic records on travel habits of Americans, but since 2002, the amount of the data they are collecting has expanded. These records are used as a part of the Department of Homeland Security to determine the security threat of traveler's entering the U.S.

Personal travel records are held for 15 years and are analyzed by the department's Automated Targeting System.

Data collected includes who people are traveling with, how many carry on items they have, and even as specific as what their carry on items are. This is why some are saying that it could be a violation of the Privacy Act. Activists are claiming that the government is "trying to build a surveillance society."

Currently, the data collection is exempted from portions of the Privacy Act.