International jet setter? Congratulations. You’re on the DHS ATS system!

Scary. The Department of Homeland Security is now tracking “every” traveler that passes our borders. This data is not only kept for the next forty years, but it basically assigns a score to assess your likelihood terrorist or a criminal based on a number of attributes.

The scores are based on ATS’ analysis of their travel records and other data, including items such as where they are from, how they paid for tickets, their motor vehicle records, past one-way travel, seating preference and what kind of meal they ordered.

What’s worse is that this Automated Targeting System information can be shared with local, state, and foreign governments in hiring and all sorts of information type sharing. There is nothing that shows anything from false positives to what the system actually measures to determine how buying a kosher meal will increase or decrease your threat level. If you think this sounds familiar, this is the international version of Secure Flight, the domestic version of the program that has been hitting numerous roadblocks by privacy activists.
While you can sort of follow the logic of such a system, there already has been many incidents where the government has screwed up in investigations on terrorism from errors or bad lists. Take the misidentified fingerprint of the Oregonian lawyer that cost taxpayers $2 million in settlement because they thought he was involved in the Madrid bombings. Talk about oops. These complex systems are just asking for more trouble where the bad outweigh the good. [sigh].