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Scanner Amendment Passes Subcommittee

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY

September 15, 2011

The House Subcommittee on Transportation Security has unanimously approved an amendment banning the full-body images produced by some airport security scanners, reports MSNBC. Privacy advocates have pushed for the removal of the scanners calling the images revealing and questioning the scanners' ability to store images. If signed into law, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would have 90 days to install automated target recognition software--which produces a generic stick-figure image--on the machines. On September 7, the TSA announced plans to spend $44.8 million on 300 additional millimeter-wave scanners to be installed with the new privacy-enhanced software. 
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