New York Senator Seeks Body Scanner Privacy Law

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In an effort to discourage the recording and distribution of images taken by full body scanners, a New York senator is pushing for new legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to misuse images taken by full body scanners.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer introduced a bill Sunday that would make the recording or distribution of images taken by the machines a federal crime. This includes taking photographs of the screen in which the images are displayed.

Under the proposed legislation, the Security Screening Confidential Data Privacy Act, the penalty for anyone who misuses the images would be up to a year in prison, as well as a fine of up to $100,000.

"As we put in place new technologies to detect and capture those who wish to harm us, we need to do everything we can to protect the privacy rights of the air travelers," Schumer said.

"This new law will send a loud and clear message to the flying public," Schumer asserted. "Not only will we do everything we can to protect your safety, but the government should do everything it can to protect your privacy as well. And as you know, most Americans have said they're willing to accept new screening procedures if it means increased safety."

The TSA maintains all images from full body scanners are deleted immediately after passengers are screened, and the machines are incapable of saving the images.

Image courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration.

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