Frequent Fliers No Longer in the 'Clear'

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-06-24 Print this article Print

Clear, the airport passenger security screening service, suddenly went out of business, leaving all of its member data in limbo. The defunct company raises several questions about who's responsible for safeguarding data.

Clear, the security screening service for frequent airline travelers, is now defunct. The service that allowed travelers expedited security screenings at major airports discontinued operations June 22 after failing to secure new financing terms with its creditors, according to a post on its Web site.

The Clear program collected copious amounts of information about subscribers, part of the trade off for being able to race through airport security. That data, including Social Security numbers, addresses, employer and other information, remains in the possession of Verfied Identity Pass Inc., Clear's parent company.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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