Group sues U.S. government over secret profiling system for travellers

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

U.S. digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the country's Department of Homeland Security to get "immediate answers about an invasive and unprecedented data-mining system" for travellers.

The lawsuit relates to the DHS Automated Targeting System (ATS), which the EFF says does "risk assessments" on millions of travellers as they cross in and out of U.S. territory. But the digital profiles, which will be held by any or all levels of U.S. government for 40 years, are kept secret from the people they describe.

A copy of the EFF's complaint against the DHS [247 kB PDF file] is available on the group's website along with information about traveller screening.