Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Battle Over Body Scanners

To scan or not to scan? That is the question. On March 10, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) presented oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., telling the three-judge panel that full-body scanners used by airport security violate the civil rights of passengers in what amounts to an “unreasonable search.”

EPIC’s intent is no less than transforming the utilization of full-body scanning by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) because it infringes upon both the rights granted by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and other laws protecting privacy and religious freedom. EPIC is asking the appellate court to require the TSA to create a new security policy that incorporates public input prior to implementation.

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