January 11th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

Body scanners can store, send images, group says

Jeanne Meserve and Mike M. Ahlers

A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images.

The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said.

In the documents, obtained by the privacy group and provided to CNN, the TSA specifies that the body scanners it purchases must have the ability to store and send images when in "test mode."

That requirement leaves open the possibility the machines - which can see beneath people's clothing - can be abused by TSA insiders and hacked by outsiders, said EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg.

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  1. Ratna, New York, NY

    I actually don't mind! Last time I traveled (2004), I was picked out randomly for search (or maybe because of my last name that sounds very Middle Eastern) and I made the biggest mistake wearing my jeans skirt with metal buttons upfront. So I'd rather be strip scanned then strip searched.

    January 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  2. Sebastian Kadey

    Are children under the age 18 expected to use these scanners. If so does this not violate the Child Pornography Laws?

    January 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm |