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Feds storing checkpoint body scan images

AHuxley (892839) writes | more than 4 years ago

Security 2

AHuxley (892839) writes "The US Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded."
It turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images.
The U.S. Marshals Service admitted that it had saved ~35,314 images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.
The images where stored on a Brijot Gen2 machine. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, an advocacy group, has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to grant an immediate injunction to stop the TSA's body scanning program."

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Doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment? (1)

Defenestrar (1773808) | more than 4 years ago | (#33136752)

From the article:

"For its part, the TSA says that body scanning is perfectly constitutional: 'The program is designed to respect individual sensibilities regarding privacy, modesty and personal autonomy to the maximum extent possible, while still performing its crucial function of protecting all members of the public from potentially catastrophic events.'"

Since when did the Fourth Amendment provide exemptions for "the end justifies the means" situations? (Which is a separate argument altogether).

To claim that an effective strip search without probable cause, hot pursuit, or arrest is in any way not a violation of the Fourth Amendment is a bold and likely incorrect point of view. The issue of consent is probably a critical issue here. Perhaps one doesn't have to travel by air; but when the issue may be to lose one's job for refusing to complete a business trip, perhaps then defaulting on a mortgage, & etc, or to "consent" to a millimeter wave search... That sounds more like extortion.

Not to say that the Constitution has never been violated before, but let us not deceive ourselves as to what we are doing.

What bugs me (1)

cygnwolf (601176) | more than 4 years ago | (#33137852)

What really bugs me is their claim that they need to have the ability to store these images. Bad enough that they feel the need to subject us to them, but what possible -Legitimate- use could there be for a recorded image of what I (or anyone else) looked like in the scanner. The article claims "testing, training, and evaluation purposes." Really? Do they not have stock images for training? could they not just use employee volunteers to test them and then look at the live feed and say 'yup, it's working'?
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