Morning Security Brief: TSA Seeks to Randomize Security, Opinions on Liberty versus Security, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

 The Transportation Security Administration is considering using "randomizers" to distribute people into security lines at airports, reports USA Today. This would take bias out of the security line distribution and it would prevent potential "security evaders" from guessing which line they'd be placed in. The agency made a request for information (RFI) asking vendors for randomizer system suggestions.

A new poll from Quinnipiac sees a shift in the public's perception toward the balance between civil liberties and security. According to The New York Times, the poll reports that 45 percent of the public think the government's antiterrorism policies infringe too much on civil liberties while 40 percent think the policies have not gone far enough to protect the United States.Back in January 2012, only 25 percent thought the the government went too far in restricting civil liberties while 63 percent said it hadn't gone far enough in protecting the country. However, the Times warns that it is unclear whether this has been a shift over time or if it has been largely influenced by the information released about the National Security Administration's (NSA) domestic surveillance.

The Electronic Privacy and Information Center (EPIC) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate an "unlawful order" by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that enabled the collection of all domestic telephone records in the United States, according to EPIC stated that "It is simply not possible that every phone record in the possession of a telecommunications firm could be relevant to an authorized investigation..." 

Also in the news: USA Today takes a look at President Obama's Executive Order for cybersecurity in an ongoing series; the Guardian has a piece on how Microsoft helped the NSA circumvent its encyrption; and USA Today also reports on how Edward Snowden plans to meet with human rights groups in Moscow. 


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