Stripping Away Privacy Concerns over Scanners
TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—AUSTRALIAFebruary 18, 2010
Australia is moving forward with plans to introduce airport body scanners in 2011 as part of a $200 million funding plan to improve airport security, The Australian reports. While the government has not yet announced the specific scanning technology it will adopt, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says newer technology that transmits "stick figures rather than fleshier images" could allay some privacy concerns about the scans. Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has promised a consultation with Federal Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis, who said her office welcomes the opportunity, pointing to such potential concerns as whether scanned images are stored with identifying information.