Analysis: What happens to personal data collected through airport e-security gates?

The Airport Authority says it retains passengers’ personal data only for 7 days. Also, it is not necessary to go through the machine.

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[The Airport Authority has updated its privacy policy statement on Jan. 4, 2021. Revision of this story is underway.]

  • Place of birth;
  • Age group;
  • Gender;
  • Month and year of birth; and
  • Flight information (including date of travel, origin, destination, airline, scheduled departure time, class of travel).
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Table: Comparison of the types of data AA collects when the passenger bypasses the e-security gate and the data retained after seven days upon flight departure (table made by Annie Lab)