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TSA Director: Scanners and Pat-Downs Are Necessary

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

November 18, 2010

The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told a senate committee yesterday that full body scans and pat-downs are necessary to protect the nation's fliers, The Los Angeles Times reports. The screening methods have incited complaints from privacy advocates, pilots' unions and passengers, who say they are invasive and allow images to be routinely stored and recorded. But TSA Director John Pistole told the Senate Commerce Committee that "the threats are real, the stakes are high and we must prevail." Editor's note: A robust conversation about the privacy concerns associated with full body scanners is taking place on the IAPP Privacy List. Members can sign up or view the archives here.
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