Homeland Security Was Interested In Doing 'Covert' Pedestrian 'Scans' From 30 Feet Away
from the privacy-is-so-over dept
To be honest, it's not all that surprising that Homeland Security would explore all of this (and it's a bit of an exaggeration to focus on the TSA as doing this -- which is implied in the link, since it appears to be a wider DHS effort), so I don't think it's as big a deal as EPIC makes it out to be. EPIC tends to over-exaggerate these types of things. The TSA has responded to the story with a sort of carefully worded denial that doesn't really speak to the issue:
"TSA has not tested the advanced imaging technology that is currently used at airports in mass transit environments and does not have plans to do so."The is a pretty narrowly defined answer. First, it only focuses on the mass transit part, and it also limits the answer to the specific imaging technology used at airports. It does not answer whether or not the TSA has looked at other forms of technology for these kinds of scans. On top of that, it narrowly limits the answer to the TSA, not the wider DHS. Is it really that hard for Homeland Security to give a straight answer? I mean, the idea that it might research these technologies seems perfectly reasonable. Why not just say that, and then be upfront about it?