‘Genitalia-revealing scanners’ cause uproar in US over ’stored images’

August 11th, 2010 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Aug 11 (ANI): A privacy group in US has filed a lawsuit to end controversial airport body scanning after claims that thousands of images were being reportedly stored or recorded.

The Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) has filed the lawsuit amid revelations that some police agencies are storing the images.

The full-body scanners, which will not be used at the nation’s airports next year, enable screeners to detect non-metallic devices, objects and weapons hidden on a person’s body.

It also reveals body outlines, organs and genitals.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had previously defended the use of the technology by arguing that all images are destroyed after they’re viewed.

“Scanned images cannot be stored or recorded,” News.com.au quoted the TSA as saying.

However, it has been revealed that the US Marshals Service has been saving tens of thousands of images recorded with the scanners at the security checkpoint of a Florida, US, courthouse. (ANI)

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