Monday, January 11, 2010

TSA Caught Lying About Nude Scanners

As you can see from the above low resolution picture, the new TSA scanners are very revealing. We have to wonder what the highest resolution image these devices could produce would look like. This question has been left unanswered over at the TSA blog.
Anonymous said...

"Two simple questions Bob. Come on, how hard can it be?"

Clearly, at least as hard as asking whether the virtual strip-search images posted on this blog and in airports are of the same size and resolution seen by the operator of the machine, since Bob consistently refuses to answer that question.

One of the privacy promises TSA made about the new scanners is they can not store, save or print images. Here is a screen shot of this promise from the TSA website.

Now, we know TSA is lying about this ability. They required it from the manufacturer.

CNN reported:
Washington (CNN) -- 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.

I really love the claim these machines will blur the face. That makes everything OK. Reportedly, the face blurring is a user defined option. That sounds like it can be turned off anytime they choose. If obstructing the face is enough privacy for travelers, we should all show up at airports naked wearing paper bags with eye holes on our heads. We can change into our clothes after passing security. That would really speed things up.


Amusing Bunni said...

Ewwwww, thanks for exposing this BP,
no pun intended!

Brian H said...

That's just a reversed color image of a standard photograph. The scanners do not have ANY color capability, reversed or otherwise.