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DHS: Body Scanners Do Not Store, Transmit Images

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

March 1, 2011

The Transportation Security Administration recently announced that it would deploy less privacy-invasive scanners at U.S. airports for tests this year. The announcement followed concerns voiced by advocates and passengers about whether the machines could store images, who had access to them and how they would be used. Lawmakers have recently introduced legislation making it a federal crime to misuse body scan images, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. In this Privacy Advisor exclusive, the Department of Homeland Security discusses its privacy safeguards, and IAPP members weigh in on the role they can play in the ongoing debate.
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