Naked Body Scanner Images Improperly Saved


SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
ABC News
November 16, 2010

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The government has reassured the flying public time and time again that any naked images of them at airport checkpoints would be destroyed immediately.

But now new attention is being focused on another agency of the federal government — the U.S. Marshals Service — that in at least one case has been keeping thousands of similar naked images recorded by its body scanners.

Back on Aug. 4, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) was given more than 100 of 35,000 images that an Orlando courthouse kept on its scanner. The privacy watchdog group had filed a Freedom of Information Act request and went to court to obtain the images. Today, as the debate over the scanners and the Transportation Security Administration’s new patdown procedure heats up, technology blog Gizmodo today released some of those images.

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