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Body Scanner Legislation Gains Momentum

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 17, 2011

Sen. Charles Schumer's (D-NY) proposed legislation on airport body scanner images was unanimously accepted as an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill being considered by the senate, The Consumerist reports, which means the legislation "is virtually guaranteed to pass." Schumer's bill, the Security Screening Confidential Data Privacy Act, would make distributing scanned body images illegal and punishable by up to one year in prison or a $100,000 fine. Schumer said his bill sends a message to the public that both safety and privacy are being considered and that, as new technologies are incorporated, "we need to do everything we can to protect the privacy rights of the air travelers."
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