Jan 192013
 January 19, 2013  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Jeff Plungis reports:

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration  will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. couldn’t write software to make passenger images less revealing.

TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI’s Rapiscan unit for the software after Administrator John Pistole concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to produce generic passenger images, agency officials said in interviews.

Read more on Bloomberg News.  While Rapiscan’s scanners will no longer be used, the agency will still be using scanners provided by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., Smiths Group, and American Science & Engineering Inc., all of whom are/will be required to have privacy software.

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