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Expert: Brain Scanning Could Invade Privacy

BIOMETRICS—UK

June 8, 2010

Experts and researchers from around the world will gather in Glasgow today to discuss the use of brain imaging and its potential for exploitation, reports The Telegraph. At the Institute for Advanced Studies event, researcher Burkhard Schafer of the University of Edinburgh will say that, if unregulated, scanners could threaten people's privacy. Scanning could be used to test the validity of candidates' résumés or to analyze the subconscious preferences of consumers, the report states. "After data mining and online profiling, brain imaging could well become the next frontier in the privacy wars," Schafer said.
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