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Scanners Will Show Prosthetics, Not Stick Figures

TRAVELLERS’ PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

June 14, 2012

Internal documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that plans to program airport full-body scanners to show stick figures have been scrapped, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The scanners will instead show a full-body image that identifies prosthetics, prompting a breast cancer survivor group to alert members to carry a doctor’s note. The documents also showed an agreement between Office of Transport Security (OTS) Executive Director Paul Retter and Australian Information Commissioner John McMillan to remove a privacy quality assurance program. According to an OTS spokesman, it was deemed that because “no personal information would be collected, stored or disclosed during the body-scanning process, the National Privacy Principles did not apply,” the report states.
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