And, Of Course, Gov't Agencies Recorded And Stored Body Scan Images
from the what-possible-benefit? dept
A whole bunch of folks have been sending in various versions of the story that the federal government hasn’t been entirely forthcoming about body scanning equipment increasingly used at airports. We already knew some of this. While, last year, the TSA had said that “scanned images cannot be stored or recorded,” back in April we noted that the TSA had admitted that the machines can store and record images, but that it was only used for “testing, training, and evaluation purposes.” However, they also noted that there was nothing preventing people from turning on that functionality during actual use. At the time, we wondered how long it would before officials started coming up with reasons to use it.
While it’s still not clear if the TSA is actually recording or storing any images, a bunch of other government and law enforcement agencies are starting to admit that they have, in fact, been using the feature, and storing tens of thousands of images of people entering courthouses and other law enforcement buildings. This isn’t surprising of course. If the functionality is there, it’s going to get used. It’s not surprising, but disappointing, that the government has brushed off such security concerns.