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Body Scanner Debate Continues

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

August 5, 2010

CNET News reports on the privacy debate concerning full-body security scanners. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked a federal judge to grant an injunction on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to implement the scanners at major U.S. airports, saying that the "devices are designed and deployed in a way that allows the images to be routinely stored and recorded." EPIC points to the recent acknowledgment by the U.S. Marshals Service that it has retained more than 35,000 body-scan images collected from an Orlando, FL, federal courthouse as cause for concern. However, TSA Privacy Officer Peter Pietra, CIPP/G, told the Daily Dashboard that "TSA privacy policies don't apply to the U.S. Marshals Service, which falls under the Department of Justice." The TSA asserts that the scanners intended for airport use "will not and cannot store, transmit or print images of passengers at airports" and that "there is no way for someone in the airport environment to alter the machine in any way that would give it any functionality to do so."
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