March 13, 2003
Admiral James Loy, head of the Transportation Security Administration, told a Washington audience on March 13 that his agency was taking the privacy issue seriously as it designed a new passenger screening system. "Don't be too quick to strike a balance between privacy and security. As Americans, we are entitled to a full measure of both," Loy told Privacy & American Business' National Conference on March 13. CDT President Jerry Berman said many questions remain unanswered about the new system, known as CAPPS II. "TSA has yet to explain how the system will work, what databases it will access, what proof TSA has that the program will be effective, or who will be in charge of performing the assessments used to determine passengers' threat potentials," Berman said.