Gizmodo Uncovers Saved Images Body Scanner at Federal Courthouse

Joel Johnson, for Gizmodo:

At the heart of the controversy over “body scanners” is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images.

A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly — perhaps illegally — saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens.

The government keeps insisting it “can’t” save images from these machines, where what they really mean is that they “won’t”, because they have a policy against it.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010