12 Jan 2010

Fears airport scanner images could be misused

5:13 pm on 12 January 2010

An American privacy watchdog group says the use of body scanners at airports should be stopped, because images obtained from them could be misused.

The group claims the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is misleading the public with claims that full-body airport scanners cannot store or send their graphic images, CNN reports.

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

Administration officials have confirmed that the machines can retain and send images when they are at TSA testing facilities, but those functions are disabled before the machines are delivered to airports.

They say all passenger images taken at airports are deleted immediately after they are reviewed.