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Body-Scanning Vans Spark Concerns

SURVEILLANCE

July 6, 2012

American Science & Engineering has introduced Z Backscatter Vans (ZBVs) capable of scanning nearby cars for explosives, drugs and people, Mashable reports, questioning, “Is roving, body-scanning van a needed surveillance tool or a another step toward eroding personal privacy?” With more than 500 of the cans already sold to government agencies around the world, privacy advocates are raising concerns. When it comes to ZBVs, one privacy expert asserts that “from a privacy perspective, it’s one of the most intrusive technologies conceivable.”
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