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ID:

608

Date:

2011-03-02

Headline:

DHS seeks systems for covert body scans, documents show

Reporter's name:

Jaikumar Vijayan

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Computerworld

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

Documents released by the Department of Homeland Security show the agency ordering the development of machines capable of scanning people's bodies and belongings for explosives, or even just contraband, in the absence of probable cause or consent for the search. The documents also reveal discussion of radiation risks - even more troubling, as the agency may not be required to inform subjects that they are being scanned.

Notes:

The Electronic Privacy Information Center used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the documents, as part of its ongoing effort to monitor government uses of technology for surveillance on Americans.

Keywords:

Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Electronic Privacy Information Center, EPIC, surveillance, technology, scanning, radiation, transit, passengers, pedestrians, search, Siemens Corporate Research, backscatter, Rapiscan Systems

URL:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9212681/DHS_seeks_systems_for_covert_body_scans_documents_show


Agencies:

DHS

States:

DC
NJ

Categories:

civil rights
law enforcement
technology


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