European Data Protection Digest

Body Scanners Tested at German Airport

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—GERMANY

October 1, 2010

The six-month test run of a controversial body scanner began Monday at Hamburg Airport, The Local reports. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere calls the trial a step towards improved air security at German airports and a victory for safety in civilian air travel. The trial period aims to establish that the machines pose no health risks, that individual rights are protected and that aviation security is improved, the report states. Due to opposition to the scanners, Germany has been slow to deploy them.
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