Friday, August 13, 2010

Nothing to hide

Except a lot of hide.

Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images
The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded."

Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.

This follows an earlier disclosure (PDF) by the TSA that it requires all airport body scanners it purchases to be able to store and transmit images

Body scanners penetrate clothing to provide a highly detailed image so accurate that critics have likened it to a virtual strip search. Technologies vary, with millimeter wave systems capturing fuzzier images, and backscatter X-ray machines able to show precise anatomical detail. The U.S. government likes the idea because body scanners can detect concealed weapons better than traditional magnetometers.

Guambat wonders if any pedophile type laws are implicated? Surely children are "virtually strip searched" by these machines as well. Are they then sent electronically to others? Is there some kind of legal immunity for such matters?

Never leave a bored lawyer alone with his thoughts.

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