MEPs warn on 'virtual strip searches'
Old bodies, new scanners, new danger
Members of the European Parliament have asked the Commission to look carefully at the privacy implications of millimetre wave scanners - which effectively produce naked pictures of passengers.
The technology has already been trialled in the UK - at Paddington railway station - but was found to be impractical and abandoned.
Although the technology can be used to peer beneath people's clothes, more recent incarnations, like the 12 ordered by the US Transport Safety Administration, work on an alarm system - a red light flashes or an alarm sounds if an unexpected object is detected beneath clothing.
But that hasn't stopped the MEPs getting into a tizzy about the fact that the machines could produce "scanned images of persons as if they were naked, equivalent to a virtual strip search." Yes, NAKED.
The MEPs have adopted a resolution on the technology, in which they say the Commission's draft measure "could exceed the implementing powers as the measures foreseen cannot be considered mere technical measures related to security, but have a serious impact on the fundamental rights of citizens. MEPs consider that the conditions for a decision have not yet been met, given that essential information is still lacking."
Philip Bradbourn, Tory MEP for the West Midlands, said: "This technology has the potential – and, I stress, the potential – to force air passengers to undergo what could be seen as undignifying treatment." Bradbourn noted that, as with rules on liquids in planes, what starts as exceptional measures can quickly become the norm for airport security.
MEPs asked the Commission to investigate privacy implications alongside the possible health impact of the technology, and an economic, commercial and cost-benefit analysis. Whether MEPs regard an actual strip search, or even a quick grope from a minimum-wage security monkey, as a worse invasion of privacy is not clear. ®
@AC re: @Rotacyclic
>"Radio uses electrons with a magnetic component. X-Ray, Gamma-Ray and light are photons with varying energy levels."
>"Millimetre waves are still radio waves. Nanometre waves are light and beyond."
Holy gibbering pigshit, what universe do YOU come from? In this one the fundamental nature of em radiation does not undergo some phase change as the frequency increases and radio towers do not zap out great lightning-bolt beams of electrons! And are you implying that some of your electrons /don't/ have a magnetic component? How do they spin?
@dudeskinn "look on the net before you make absurd comments. It is just an outline"
Ooh like this you mean?
Nice "outlines" indeed
Or this comment from one of the deploying bodies.
"It will show the private parts of people, but what we've decided is that we're not going to blur those out, because it severely limits the detection capabilities. It is possible to see genitals and breasts while they're going through the machine, though."
Another piccy here;
And a better example, see the point (sorry couldnt resist that one lol)
Well, it'll cut down green house gasses!
Is this really necessary?
They are slowly strangling the airline industry with endless pointless pain for passengers.
Frankly, if this were to be come a normal element of travel. I won't be flying anymore. I've already pretty much stopped flying to the USA as I find being treated like a criminal when I am simply going somewhere to spend money as a tourist or do business pretty damn offensive.
The entire security procedure seems to be based on the fact that people are treated like scum and all of their rights are nullified.
Something has to change, or the entire airline industry's going to collapse.