Canada Orders "Strip Search" Body Scanners
Canada has fast-tracked an order of 44 body scanners for airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Montreal. However, Canada is not buying any of the image blurring software, so these would indeed be virtual strip-search machines. Government officials keep parroting the line that, because someone's viewing the images in another room, it's somehow not a violation of privacy.
In other words, we're getting strip-searched because intelligence agencies can't figure out how to communicate with each other properly. No, it doesn't make sense to me, either.
Junior Transport Rob Merrifield managed to betray a lack of knowledge of both privacy and law:
Merrifield said privacy concerns will be mitigated because naked images will be viewed by an isolated officer and won't be kept or transferred.
The government decided not to purchase genital blurring technologies because it defeats the purpose, a CATSA spokesman said.