European Data Protection Digest

Committee: Body Scanner Privacy Fears Overblown

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—UK

March 26, 2010

The House of Commons' Home Affairs Committee has stated that privacy concerns raised in response to the deployment of body scanners at airports are overblown, the Associated Press reports. "Air passengers already tolerate a large invasion of their privacy," the committee noted in a report on counterterrorism measures at the nation's airports. "We do not feel that full-body scanners add greatly to this situation." Meanwhile, Reuters reports that a security worker at London's Heathrow Airport has received a police warning and faces disciplinary action after allegedly making lewd comments to a female colleague who had mistakenly walked through the scanner.
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