I signed up to Clear about 18 months ago. Theoretically, I would get through airport security lanes faster. It involved a registration, fingerprinting and retinal scans. I pretty quickly realized that it was a waste of my money when the people in the "normal" security lines were getting through faster than me. In addition, why was their first question when I showed up to their line "Can I see your drivers license please?"
I let the card expire and for the last two months Clear has been hounding me multiple times a week to renew. Yesterday, I finally told them to stop sending me e-mails and this was their response (above). I guess I got my wish.
...a copy of your biometric information (but not your name) is retained by the Transportation Security Clearinghouse to prevent fraudulent enrollments under alternate identities.
So, the TSA has my biometric information but not my name in order to prevent fraudulent enrollments under alternate identities? Hmmm, does that mean that the TSA has my biometric information but not my name but does have my social security number? Otherwise, how would they prevent fraudulent enrollments?
Generally speaking I care about this. Specifically, for me, I don't because I've been fingerprinted many, many times by the US government already. (No, I'm not a criminal - I'm an immigrant!)
How much biometric detritus is floating around about me out there? About you?
Follow-up: See Kevin Kampman's (Burton Group) post on this topic here.
Clear, security, identity management, biometrics, privacy