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Officials Discuss Airline Security, Privacy Concerns

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S. & AFRICA

April 12, 2010

Privacy concerns and cultural sensitivities to body-scanning technology should not keep nations from working together toward improved air travel security, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told African ministers in advance of a regional conference set to begin today. AFP reports that Napolitano told ministers from 37 African countries and other international experts that while nations "have unique legal traditions, cultural differences and political realities" that should not "keep us from working towards a common goal and even stronger partnership with respect to security and privacy." The three-day meeting in Nigeria comes in the wake of concerns that the use of new security technology such as airport body scanners violates privacy laws in some countries.
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