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Florida Courthouse Stored 35,000 Body-Scan Images

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More flip-flopping on the body-scanning debate: even though the Transportation Security Administration has roundly decreed that the millimeter-wave systems in use at several major airports do not store images of your naked bulk, the U.S. Marshals Service just admitted that it had saved "approximately 35,314 images" from a single Orlando, Florida courthouse, according to CNN. Whoops!

This follows the TSA's original claim that the body scanners could not store or transmit images, but the follow-up from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) revealed that images can be stored when the machines are running in "test mode." And now EPIC has just filed a lawsuit asking for an immediate injunction to halt the TSA body-scanning program. This comes only two weeks after Janet Napolitano announced that the millimeter-wave systems would be coming to nearly every major U.S. airport.

The TSA claims it is operating within the law, but the revelations that the body scanners can transmit image data over a network while operating in certain modes makes privacy advocates quite obviously wary. (Check out this PDF of the TSA's procurement specs for body scan systems.) We're not terribly worried, though. Even if you could distinguish a face in that lumpy mass, it's not like you'll ever see it up on Xtube. Still, that's no small comfort to Dubai, or our image-conscious love handles. [From: CNN]

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