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Technology could Lessen Instrusiveness of Full-Body Scanners

January 8, 2010

While some Canadian Privacy regulators monitor the government's moves on pimplementing more full-body imaging scanners at the nation's airports, Ontario's privacy commissioner says that technological measures to lessen the invasiveness of certain airport security scanners are available and effective, reports OUT-LAW.COM. "Improved airport security...need not come at the expense of privacy - both may be achieved together," wrote Ann Cavoulian in a report published last March. meanwhile, a University of Ottawa professor says the millimeter-wave scanner actually enhances privacy. And a Montreal Gazette editorial asserts that any loss of privacy due to the scanners is worth it. "Safety trumps modesty. Period."

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