Privacy advocates call for end to airport full body scans

By David Edwards
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:01 EDT
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The Electronic Privacy Information Center has launched a campaign calling the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to halt its use of “whole body imaging.”

EPIC announced a national campaign today to suspend the use of “Whole Body Imaging” — devices that photograph American air travellers stripped naked in US airports. The campaign responds to a policy reversal by the TSA which would now make the the “virtual strip search” mandatory, instead of voluntary as originally announced. EPIC and others say that there are inadequate safeguards to prevent the misuse of the images. They are asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to suspend the program and to allow for public comment.

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall talked with Lillie Coney of the Privacy Coalition about the imaging technology.

This video is from CNN’s American Morning and MSNBC News Live, broadcast May 19, 2009.

Download video via RawReplay.com

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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