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Security expert says consumer confidence shaken over possible fraud at airport

Jul 25, 2008,  Toronto, CP [The Canadian Press] - A security expert says credit card fraud fears at Toronto's Pearson airport could raise concern that other sensitive information is being accessed.


July 25, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

Jul 24, 2008,  Toronto, CP [The Canadian Press] – A security expert says credit card fraud fears at Toronto's Pearson airport could raise concern that other sensitive information is being accessed.

University of Ottawa professor Michael Geist says people would
find it troubling if fraud is occurring in a security-focused
environment like an international airport.

Geist, who specializes in privacy and security issues, says it
could shake consumer confidence in how airports handle sensitive
personal information.

Financial institutions are reportedly investigating isolated
fraud incidents stemming from the use of credit cards to obtain
boarding passes from kiosks at Pearson International Airport.

WestJet has stopped letting its passengers use credit cards at
self-serve check-in kiosks at airports across the country.

A representative from the Airport Transport Association of Canada
says not all of the kiosks retain the information and most
information is stored in a secure database off-site.