Federal Agencies Admit to Storing Full Body Scan Images
US Marshals Service Stores Body Scan Images; TSA Lied About Its Own Capabilities
Despite TSA claims that body-scan images obtained at airport security checkpoints cannot be stored, it turns out that, not only can they be stored, but they body scan images are routinely collected as a matter of policy (pdf).
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has asked a federal judge to block the deployment of TSA-run body scanners at major airports.
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So, aside from giving its staff X-ray vision, the TSA willfully misled the American public regarding the routine use of these machines.
These "devices are designed and deployed in a way that allows the images to be routinely stored and recorded, which is exactly what the Marshals Service is doing," EPIC executive director Marc Rotenberg told CNET. "We think it's significant."
While the TSA claims its actions are constitutional (which is highly debatable), the accompanying issue is the extent to which it has misled the public as to the body-scanning machines' capabilities and actual day-to-day use. The fallback claim of "we're stopping the terrorists" rings false here.
William Bordley, an associate general counsel with the Marshals Service, acknowledged in the letter that "approximately 35,314 images...have been stored on the Brijot Gen2 machine" used in the Orlando, Fla. federal courthouse