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The Government Can See You Naked: EPIC Sues

Digital Body Scans

In an announcement on its web site, epic.org, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has sued the US Government over the use of "devices that capture images of individuals stripped naked."

The Transportation Security Agency has confirmed that the Body Imaging devices, which are part of the Millimeter Wave Passenger Imaging Technology Pilot, are being used in at least one Virginia Court. Also, a San Francisco International Airport spokesperson confirmed, on KQED radio late last year, that the device is in use in the international terminal at the airport, as well as in at least 11 other airports nationwide.

EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act request to which the US Marshall Service did not respond. EPIC's lawsuit seeks to obtain more disclosure about the program, and how the data from this program is used, transferred and stored.

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Bill Roth is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 20 years in the industry. He has played numerous product marketing, product management and engineering roles at companies like BEA, Sun, Morgan Stanley, and EBay Enterprise. He was recently named one of the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers.