Wednesday, November 24, 2010

U.S. Marshals Service - thousands of naked images on body scanners

When the new scanners came online at court houses, airports, and other places we were promised that images would not be stored or transmitted.

EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in August to determine if the promise was kept or broken.  There were 35000 images on the scanners and EPIC was given roughly 100 scans to review.  According to the report they found 100 naked images.

What they found were naked images captured on the scanners used by US Marshals Service at an Orlando courthouse.  Their findings can be seen on technology blog, Gizmodo, who posted the naked body images.

The images are not as graphic as the TSA airport scanners but EPIC did this for a reason.  They wanted to show that the technology is available that allows one to store, retrieve, and view the images later.

TSA says they have safeguards in place to prevent this from happening.


ABC News Report, November 16, 2010.

"One Hundred Naked Citizens:  One Hundred Leaked Body Scans",

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