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Advocates Say Full-Body Scanners Need More Scrutiny

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

January 22, 2010

Four civil liberties groups and the Australian Privacy Foundation are asking Transport Minister Anthony Albanese not to introduce full-body scanners at Australia's airports without first developing a Privacy Impact Assessment, Civil Liberties Australia reports. The five groups have drafted a letter urging Albanese to weigh the effectiveness of the scanners with the potential for privacy violations. In a letter sent to CLA last year, transport officials wrote that further consultation with members of the public and interest groups would be held prior to any decision on implementation. The advocates' letter asks the department to look at the effectiveness of the technology not only in terms of safety, but also with regard to protecting individual privacy.
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