This is a topic that doesn’t come up very often. In fact, since the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doesn’t have jurisdiction over airline reservation systems and travel agencies, it has not been part of the overall Internet privacy discussions. Your privacy with airlines exists at the whim of the airlines with little government oversight.
Hotels may have compromised much credit card information. At least one government agency shares that concern. The FTC claims, hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers fall into the wrong hands, leading to millions of dollars in fraud-related losses.
The issue of privacy and data protection is going to be taking center stage in the coming years focused on travel. Airlines, hotels and rental car companies are collecting more and more information about travelers without protections of personally identifiable information (PII). So far, this has been ignored by the media.
This weekend we take a look at the important changes in privacy of travel records under a new USA/EU agreement. We examine the costs of higher travel taxes and stricter visa regulations. And, finally, the town of Fucking, Austria, votes on whether to change its name.
Do you carry a smartphone when you travel? Are you one of the countless travelers who has lost their smartphone while away from home. It happened to Ned Levi when traveling in Egypt last year. Ned has some startling statistics about lost smartphones, and six suggestions to protect your personal and business information on it, in case it’s lost or stolen.
This weekend we hear the director of TSA agree with us that checked-bag fees are bad, we take a look at hotel added fees that have been skyrocketing and a new passenger records privacy deals between the U.S. and the European Union.
Ned Levi looks at the privacy issues travelers face using electronic devices which hold personal data, or access the Internet, and for travelers which post travel photos on the Internet while traveling.
Ned Levi discusses the new TSA software for their MMW based full body scanners which TSA Administrator John Pistole, declares has ended the scanners’ privacy issues. Whether or not it accomplishes that task, Ned discusses if that’s enough, and if we might be more safe by not using them.
Ned Levi examines the major issues people should consider before entering full body scanners at TSA security in airports: privacy, safety, efficiency, and do they actually make us more security. In the article Ned comes to a surprising conclusion.