Monday, June 08, 2009

limiting Backscatter

From Epic.Org. For more on this story, see their website.:

[1] House Approves Bill Limiting Whole-Body Imaging at Airports
The House approved an amendment bill that will limit the use of Whole-
Body Imaging machines in US airports. The Transportation Security
Administration had earlier decided to replace the walkthrough metal
detectors at airports with whole body imaging devices. These devices
enable a virtual strip search that produces detailed naked images of
individuals, including females and young children. The technology
provides little additional security beyond other screening techniques,
including magnetometers, physical examination, and baggage inspection.

The amendment, put forward by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), aims
to establish limitations on the use of this invasive technology for
aircraft passenger screening. The bill prohibits the use of these
devices as the sole or primary method of screening aircraft passengers,
unless another method of screening, such as metal detection,
demonstrated cause for preventing such passenger from boarding an

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