9 Sep 2009

A sneak peek at a government file ABOUT YOU

Ever wonder what information a government agency might hold about your traveling habits? Thanks to an anonymous U.S citizen, we can sneak a peek at a travel record held by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The scanned copies are posted on philosecurity, and include data like:

  • IP address used to make web travel reservations
  • Hotel information and itinerary
  • Full Name, birth date and passport number
  • Full airline itinerary, including flight numbers and seat numbers
  • Cruise ship itinerary
  • Credit card number and expiration
  • Phone numbers, including. business, home & cell
  • Every frequent flier and hotel number, even ones not used for the specific reservation

Several countries, including Canada, collect similar information as part of an Advanced Passenger Information or Passenger Name Record program.

While we would all prefer it if the government did not collect information about our travel habits, these programs are meant to provide security agencies with enough advance information to screen travelers and identify potential risks to transport security. If your travel plans include the European Union, Switzerland or the United States, information in Canada’s database will also be shared with their security agencies.

More information about the Canada Border Services Agency’s programs is available, including directions on how each individual can access the travel data the Agency holds on you.

4 Responses

Kevin Kim Says:

Thanks for the info. I’m often visiting this page and getting a wealth of information and insight. BTW, the link has a problem – “h” is missing from “http”. Try it, and you’ll know.

Thanks again.

Colin McKay Says:

Thanks Kevin. Fixed that.

Christopher Says:

Wouldn’t one expect that criminals would use a proxy service to hide their trails?

Concerned citizen Says:

Will asking for information about what data is stored about me at the CBSA get me listed on one of those infamous “no flight” lists?

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