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News :: DNC
Cambridge AI Firm Involved In Privacy Violations Regarding Homeland Security
13 Sep 2004
Local activists should really do some research and understand who in their area is working on projects the infringe upon the freedom of Americans.
Case in point is Ascent Technology of Cambridge, MA (Right in Central Square):

Work for Homeland Security tied to privacy violations by Airlines:

http://www.michaelfraase.com/index.php/hasten/nda_trump_privacy/

http://govt-aff.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=PressReleases.View&Press

“According to press reports, American Airlines authorized its vendor, Airline Automation, to provide TSA with one week’s worth of PNR data on its customers. The vendor then reportedly provided the data to four companies competing for contracts with TSA-HNC Software, Infoglide Software, Ascent Technology, and Lockheed Martin. As in the JetBlue matter, this raises the question of whether the collection and use of personal information by these companies constituted a ‘system of records’ under the Privacy Act of 1974. If so, then the Act would require the filing of a public notice describing what information the system will contain and how an individual can gain access to any information pertaining to him. We are not aware that any such notice was published. The Act would also prohibit the disclosure of personal information to any other person or entity,” their letter continued.

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/04/12/biz_biz2priv.html

THIS IS OF IMPORTANCE. WE NEED TO INVESTIGATE TO WHAT DEGREE LOCAL CONTRACTORS ARE INVOLVED IN HOMELAND SECURITY. WHAT DO THEY DO WITH THIS PERSONAL INFORMATION?
See also:
http://www.ascent.com

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This makes Ascent Technology a possible link in the chain of health data given to the FBI to harass dissidents.
13 Sep 2004
Some activists report the public disclosure of private health data used by harassment programs against dissidents.

This article shows a possible link in the chain of private health data traveling from Airlines to Ascent (contractor for homeland security) and then to the government:

http://www.dangerouscitizen.com/Articles/1165.aspx

"Delta, Continental, America West, JetBlue and Frontier Airlines secretly turned over sensitive passenger data to Transportation Security Administration contractors in the spring and summer of 2002, according to the sworn statement of acting TSA chief David Stone. In addition, two of the four largest airline reservation centers, Galileo International and Sabre, also gave sensitive passenger information, including home phone numbers, credit card numbers and health data, without disclosing the transfers to travelers or asking their permission. "

"The TSA's prototype contractors are HNC Software (now Fair Isaac), Infoglide Software, Ascent Technology and defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Each received between $225,000 and $550,000 from the TSA in 2002 to test computer algorithms they hoped would be able to pinpoint terrorists' travel plans, according to a 2002 Washington Post story. The details of the Post story were later confirmed by a TSA spokesman."
Re: Cambridge AI Firm Involved In Privacy Violations Regarding Homeland Security
13 Sep 2004
this is fucking scary. what is being done to fight this? are there any groups, meetings, protests, information sessions, elected officials to push, people to write?