Senators Object to Courthouse Body Scans

Six U.S. senators have demanded a detailed explanation from the U.S. Marshals Service as to why the thousands of images produced by full-body scanners at security checkpoints have been recorded. The Marshals Service installed the scanners at a Florida courthouse security checkpoint.

In an article on the CNET website, Declan McCullagh says that a letter from the senators asked Marshals Service director John Clark to “identify any other locations where the U.S. Marshals Service is using whole body imaging technology, whether or not the images from scans taken at any of those locations are also being stored, and, if they are being stored, the reasons for retaining these images.”

U.S. Marshals representatives have said there are no privacy worries with the scanners since people know they are being recorded when they come into the courthouse. But Marc Rotenberg, Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC., told CNET he thinks the body scanner program is in trouble.

To read the CNET article, click here:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20014196-38.html