Jansen Quoted in “Terrorist Attempt May Strip Fliers of More Privacy”
By Renay San Miguel, TechNewsWorld
December 29, 2009
Smarter, Not More, Use of Technology
Privacy need not come at the cost of security, nor vice-versa, according to Brad Jansen, an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “If we’re smart about it, those two can go hand in hand,” Jansen told TechNewsWorld.
Jansen, who is also director of the Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights, has testified before Congress on security measures taken in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. There are other ways to use the existing methods and technologies to enhance security, he said, such as using passenger profiling based on behavior/individual suspicions and to let the airlines and airports take the lead on security versus governmental agencies.
When it comes to whole-body scanners, “if we’re going to use them, use them smarter,” Jansen said, “where these machines are used as secondary screening based on behavior profiling for individual suspicions. The policies we’ve got now — the longer lines, the gross violations of people’s privacy where there are no indications of individual suspicions — don’t make us safer.”