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Sens. Propose Body Scanner Legislation

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 9, 2011

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) yesterday proposed legislation that would make the misuse of airport body scan images a federal crime, Computerworld reports. The Security Screening Confidential Data Privacy Act would prohibit the dissemination or photographing of scanned body images, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine per violation. The bill follows advocates' and passengers' concerns about privacy as the machines are increasingly implemented at U.S. airports. Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center is pleased with the legislation and said, "Obviously, there are no circumstances under which anyone should be able to take an image generated by one of these devices and circulate it to others."
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