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Getting Off of Government Watch Lists


Wired's Ryan Singel has posted an interesting and useful column about removing yourself from government watch lists. Ryan's "first rule for most people in getting off a watch list is to accept that you are not on a list." Instead, he suggests that more often than not you are the victim of a poor matching algorithm or a vague listing for someone else.

If you're having problems printing out boarding passes and are frequently stopped and interrogated while traveling, you are encouraged to try contacting the Department of Homeland Security's Traveler Redress Inquiry Program in order to clear your name. He also suggests you get in touch with the credit bureau and the Fair Trade Commission if an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) alert on your credit report is preventing you from snagging a loan, credit card or lease.

From Wired

Tags: Homeland Security, HomelandSecurity, travel, watchlist

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