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Airline data quality issues could disrupt cross-border security pact

Richard Jones

November 5, 2012

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Canadian officials voiced concerns that data quality issues could hinder a border security pact with the United States, The Canadian Press reports. These worries were revealed after the recent release of an internal Canada Border Services Agency briefing, which found an undesirable rate of errors in collected passenger data.

The Advance Passenger Information/Passenger Name Record (API/PNR) program is being used to collect basic information from travelers, such as their names, addresses, dates of birth, citizenship and passport data, as well as check-in information and itineraries, according to The Canada Border Services Agency. This program is currently focusing on air travel, but could eventually be used for all cross-border transportation to identify passengers who could pose risks upon entering the country.

The perimeter security pact with the United States was implemented to streamline international travel for both citizens and cargo. However, the agency has discovered inaccuracies and missing information in the data, which could hinder its ability to develop a robust database.

"The study found that 37 percent of data transmitted by the airlines for these flights was not accurate, potentially hindering the proper identification of high-risk travelers," said the auditor's report, as quoted by The Canadian Press. ADNFCR-16001315-ID-800900023-ADNFCR

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