Expert to Senators: TSA Scanner Policies Are Flawed
TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.November 23, 2010
CBS News reports that the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), John Pistole, has asked passengers not to boycott body scans at airports this holiday season as organizers move forward with plans for a "National Opt-Out Day." Fred H. Cate of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University wrote to Sen. John (Jay) Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Kay Hutchison (R-TX) supporting their close scrutiny of the screening methods and noting flaws in TSA policies, including that the TSA scanners, which were reportedly unable to store images, "leaked 35,000 stored images from one of the machines used by another federal agency." These flawed policies are "handing the terrorists a victory they could not win on their own," he writes.