Search This Blog

Saturday, July 28

Another chapter in the dystopian novel that is America

In an effort to pretend that they really give a shit about the security of the American people...
The Washington Post reports

The United States and the European Union have agreed to expand a security program that shares personal data about millions of U.S.-bound airline passengers a year, potentially including information about a person's race, ethnicity, religion and health.

Under the agreement, airlines flying from Europe to the United States are required to provide data related to these matters to U.S. authorities if it exists in their reservation systems. The deal allows Washington to retain and use it only "where the life of a data subject or of others could be imperiled or seriously impaired," such as in a counterterrorism investigation.

According to the deal, the information that can be used in such exceptional circumstances includes "racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership" and data about an individual's health, traveling partners and sexual orientation.

And of course this information will not be used against any innocent people who have nothing to worry about because they are 'good people'.

Hat tip Americablog

No comments: