Sunday, March 06, 2011

DHS reportedly seeking covert naked scanners

Computerworld is reporting that the Electronic Privacy Information Center has obtained documents under the Freedom of Information Act that suggest the Department of Homeland Security is on the hunt for portable body scanners. This is not surprising, but what is most chilling is the suggestion that they're seeking devices that can be deployed to covertly see through clothing of unsuspecting people.


DHS seeks systems for covert body scans, documents show - Computerworld

Computerworld - Documents obtained Tuesday by the Electronic Privacy Information Center suggest that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has signed contracts for the development of mobile and static systems that can be used scan pedestrians and people at rail and bus stations and special event venues -- apparently at times without their knowledge.

The documents indicate that DHS moved to develop the technology as part of an effort to bolster the ability of law enforcement personnel to quickly detect concealed bombs and other explosives on individuals.

EPIC obtained the documents from the DHS under a Freedom of Information Act request for data on mobile and static scanning systems it filed last year....

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