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Body Scanner Images Published Online

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

November 18, 2010

The tech Web site Gizmodo has published 100 of about 35,000 images saved last year by the U.S. Marshals Service using an Orlando, FL, courthouse body scanner, reports USA TODAY. The images, which have had identifying features eliminated, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Gizmodo says the leak "demonstrates the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimeter wave and x-ray backscatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country." The Transportation Security Administration maintains that the scanners used in airports "cannot store, print, transmit or save the image."
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