European Data Protection Digest

Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Scanners May Be Illegal

PRIVACY LAW—UK

February 19, 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to Transport Secretary Lord Adonis warning that the use of airport body scanners in the UK could be illegal, BBC News reports. The commission contends that graphic images of passengers could have serious privacy implications for specific groups, including children as well as the disabled and transgendered, while also breaking discrimination law. A Department for Transport spokesperson has said that passengers selected for screening would not be chosen because of any personal characteristics, noting, "We are currently carrying out a full equalities impact assessment on the code of practice, which will be published shortly when we begin a public consultation on these issues."
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