Nov 112009
 
 November 11, 2009  Court, Surveillance, U.S. Comments Off on EPIC sues Homeland Security for info about digital strip search devices

EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to make public details about the agency’s Whole Body Imaging program. The devices capture detailed naked images of air travelers in the United States. After the agency announced that the body scanners would become the primary screening device in US airports, EPIC demanded that the agency disclose records that describe the scanners’ capacity to save and transmit images. In June, EPIC sent a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urging her to suspend the digital strip searches. For more, see EPIC Backscatter X-ray, Whole Body Imaging and EPIC Air Travel Privacy.

Source:  EPIC.org

Jun 242009
 
 June 24, 2009  Govt, Surveillance, U.S. Comments Off on TSA responds to Privacy Coalition’s concerns about Whole Body Imaging

EPIC.org reports that the Transportation Security Administration has replied to the Privacy Coalition statement on backscatterwhole body imaging systems. The letter, signed by Acting Administrator for TSA, Gale Rossides, identifies all of the protections that WBI has in place.   But it really doesn’t address the biggest concerns about the potential for the misuse and the fact that this system is no longer being used for secondary screening purposes but for primary screening purposes.

Even if the screener cannot match the naked image of a passenger with the actual passenger, do you think it’s neccessary for TSA to use such intrusive and embarrassing search methods?