I have to admit, there was one part of the "Clear" airport "fast pass" program created by Stephen Brill that I never fully understood. In order to join Clear, you had to submit all sorts of personal info -- which raised a lot of questions when the company behind Clear, Verified Identity Pass, lost a laptop
with all that data last year. But what's never been clear to me is why
this data was needed. If you had a Clear card, it wasn't like you went through any less of a security check. You just got to cut the line. That's it. You still ended up needing to go through the same security check. So why did Verified Identity Pass -- or the Department of Homeland Security who VIP passed the data on to -- need your personal info in the first place?
Either way, that's now raising a lot more questions because no one seems entirely sure what happens to all that data
now that the company has gone out of business. While the company insists that airport kiosks and employee computers are being wiped clean, there are still plenty of questions about just who still has access to the data, and what happens to it if someone else buy's up VIP's assets or if the company declares bankruptcy and creditors get access to their assets.