UN Expert Says Airport Scanners Violate Human Rights
TRAVELERS’ PRIVACYMarch 10, 2010
Is the use of full-body scanners in airport security a breach of individual rights? Yes, according to Martin Scheinin, the UN special rapporteur on the protection of human rights. The Montreal Gazette reports that Scheinin believes the scanners are not only an excessive intrusion into individual privacy but also ineffective in preventing terrorist attacks. "The use of a full-body scanner which reveals graphic details of the human body, including the most private parts of it, very easily is a violation of human rights," Scheinin says. He has told the UN Human Rights Council that different technology would better protect personal privacy, the report states.