ANZ Dashboard Digest

Airport Scanner Privacy Unresolved Thus Far

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

October 29, 2010

The Australian reports on the federal government's ongoing plans to implement body scanners at the country's airports. The type of scanner to be introduced is still being determined due to advocates' significant privacy and security concerns following the February announcement that the technologies would be applied to departing international passengers in 2011. Victoria Privacy Commissioner Anthony Bendall says the machines are an example of what U.S. security expert Bruce Schneier calls "security theatre," the report states. "They give the illusion of safety without actually making us safer," said Bendall, adding that the major privacy concern is that images will be stored and transmitted.
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