US Airport Screening System Flagged Over Privacy Concerns
New technology being tested by the Transportation Security Administration reportedly poses “privacy risks” over the $663,000 system’s detailed view through passengers’ clothes. “It could be genitalia,” one expert says, “it could be a colostomy bag.” A software patch to fix the issue — which harks back to when the TSA used scanners criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union as a “virtual strip search” — costs an extra $250,000.
How important is this system? It’s described as a “key component” in the TSA’s efforts to streamline security screening at airports.
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