The TSA, by contrast, was given a black eye by NBC's Pete Williams. Every international airline passenger is assessed as a potential risk by the TSA while in midair so that immigration authorities know whether to wave them through upon arrival or order an intrusive inspection. The TSA derives our "risk assessment score" by trawling through credit card and telephone call records. The trouble is once we are each assigned a rating, it is kept in a database for 40 years. Privacy groups told Williams that, because passengers cannot see the data for themselves, errors are "impossible to fix."
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