EPIC: TSA Concedes Body Scanners Store and Record Images

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 1, 2010

Follow up to previous postings on government implementation of whole body scanning technology at airports, via EPIC: “In response to a Congressional inquiry, led by Congressman Bennie Thompson, the Transportation Security Agency acknowledged that images on body scanner machines would be recorded for “testing, training, and evaluation purposes.” The TSA also did not dispute that test mode could be activated in airports, but said this “would” not happen. As part of an ongoing lawsuit, EPIC had previously obtained TSA documents describing the machines’ capabilities to store and transmit detailed images of travelers’ naked bodies.”

  • Homeland Security Blog: “TSA’s deployment of new screening technology known as AIT. Public discussion and debate is good, and we at TSA have worked hard to inform, educate and adjust our screening protocols in the interests of security, efficiency, safety and privacy. Our FY 2011 budget request includes $573 million to purchase 500 Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units and to operationally staff, operate and maintain 1,000 units, which includes the 500 units we are deploying now. This is indeed an important investment decision and not something we take lightly. We don’t take the threats we’re facing lightly either.”
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