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Lawsuit Aims To Stop Airport Scanners

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

August 4, 2010

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is suing the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the use of full-body scanners in airports, claiming they violate the Privacy Act, among other laws, reports The Boston Globe. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesman said the agency is exploring "additional privacy protections through automated threat detection," but Marc Rotenberg of EPIC says that will not solve the privacy issues because the machines capture passengers' images. The report states that according to the TSA, the scanners' ability to capture images is disabled prior to installing them in airports and is for testing purposes only.
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