What Should TSA Do with Dying Registered Traveler Program Data?

The TSA's Registered Traveler Program fell into jeopardy of shutting down in June when Verified Identity Pass Inc. (VIP) unexpectedly halted its Clear program at 18 airports. And since then the question of what will VIP and TSA do with the data collected on some 250,000 subscribers has been asked. 
According to an FCW.com article, TSA wants to simply destroy the information, which is held in the Registered Traveler Central Information Management System (CIMS) database. However, House leaders who want to see the program survive are now asking TSA not to delete subscriber data.

In a letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.) wrote, "We believe that permanently removing this data from the CIMS, or for that matter, dismantling the database, could have a potential negative impact on the restoration of operations for the Registered Traveler program."

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By Planet Data

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