February 16, 2013

In response to an EPIC FOIA request, the Department of Homeland Security has released documents about the use of body scanners by the US Secret Service.

EPIC sought information about the types of images that body scanners capture, the length of time the images can be stored, and safeguards for maintaining the integrity and security of the captured images.

EPIC also asked about radiation body scanner radiation risks. EPIC received the contract of salebetween the Government and Rapiscan, the body scanner manufacturer; and the Secret Service’s training manuals for instructing new recruits on the operation of body scanners.

The training materials make no mention of data privacy. For more information, see EPIC: EPIC v. DHS and EPIC: Body Scanners.

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