Privacy Advisor

Body scanners ignite privacy debate

It’s practically impossible to search the term “body scanner” without coming up with at least a dozen editorials and news stories on the topic with international headlines including phrases like “privacy invasion,” “potential misuse” and “unconstitutional.” A debate over the machines’ legality has been brewing for months now in the U.S. It began to simmer last March when, on the heels of similar announcements in the UK and Canada, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declared it would increasingly implement the millimeter wave scanners and backscatter technology at 11 U.S. airports. But the debate bubbled to its boiling point as the 2010 holiday travel period approached and millions prepared to stand in line for security checks.

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