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TSA: New Scanners Less Invasive

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

January 14, 2011

A model of full body scanners considered to be less privacy invasive may be deployed at U.S. airports for tests this year, Bloomberg reports. That's according to the chief of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), John Pistole, who said he reviewed testing of the upgraded machines this week. Instead of displaying individuals' body images, the new machines would display a standard avatar and a box indicating the risk area. Pistole said the machines would "completely address the privacy" issue. Meanwhile, a federal judge has rejected the Electronic Privacy Information Center's attempt to obtain some 2,000 body scan images from the TSA, which would not release the requested images because the photos are used to train employees to recognize threats and could threaten security practices.
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