Scanners To Be Introduced at Airport
TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—NEW ZEALANDFebruary 25, 2011
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff says the Customs Service has informed her office that it will test body image scanners at Auckland Airport as part of its fight against illegal drugs, stuff.co.nz reports. The trial will assess whether passengers are willing to opt for a "less invasive alternative to a physical personal search," the report states. Customs says it has established privacy safeguards ahead of the trial. "We will see the results," Shroff said. "We've advised customs about keeping the public informed about the scanners and about good practice for the collection, storage and handling of images and information." She added that customs will conduct a privacy impact assessment if scanner plans become permanent.