Clear Shuts Down Operation
Clear, the company that sped people through airport security, has ceased operations. My first question: what happened to all that personal information it collected on its members? An answer appeared on its website:
Applicant and Member data is currently secured in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration's Security, Privacy and Compliance Standards. Verified Identity Pass, Inc. will continue to secure such information and will take appropriate steps to delete the information.
Some are not reassured:
The disturbing part is that everyone who joined the Clear program had to give this private company (and the TSA) fingerprint and iris scans. I never joined Clear. But if I had, I would be extremely concerned about what happens to this information now that the company has gone defunct.
I can hear it now -- they'll surely say all the biometric and fingerprint data is secure, you don't need to worry. But how much can you trust a company that shuts down with little notice while being hounded by creditors?
Details matter here. Nowhere do the articles say that Clear, or its parent company Verified Identity, Inc., have declared bankruptcy. But if that does happen, does the company's biggest asset -- the personal information of the quarter of a million Clear members -- become the property of Clear's creditors?
I previously wrote about Clear here.
Posted on June 25, 2009 at 12:36 PM • 31 Comments