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Customs Officials: Body Scanners Are Not Intrusive

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—HONG KONG

January 7, 2013

Customs officials say new body scanners to be installed at a cruise terminal and an airport are not intrusive and should not incite privacy concerns, South China Morning Post reports. Passengers deemed a “high security risk” will be asked to go through the scanners, which use millimeter wave technology to detect discrepancies in temperature between a body and an object. The scanners will reduce the need for physical searches, officials say, and “will not display body features or anatomical details of the person being screened and hence trigger no privacy concern.” Civil liberties advocates raised concerns last week when officials announced they would trial the scanners this year, the report states.
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