When they say that they cannot save pictures of your junk…

…what they mean is that they shouldn’t because they have a policy against it…

Anyway, Gizmodo used a Freedom of Information Act request and got a hold of 35,000 images that US Marshalls in a courthouse in Florida saved. This technology is less sophisticated that the ones being used by the TSA, but like those images, these ones were not supposed to be capable of being saved, either:

While the fidelity of the scans from this machine are of surprisingly low resolution, especially compared to the higher resolution “naked scanners” using the potentially harmful x-ray backscatter technology, the TSA and other government agencies have repeatedly touted the quality of “Advanced Imaging Technology” while simultaneously assuring customers that operators “cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image.” According to the TSA—and of course other agencies—images from the scanners are “automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer.” Whatever the stated policy, it’s clear that it is trivial for operators to save images and remove them for distribution if they choose not to follow guidelines or that other employees could remove images that are inappropriately if accidentally stored.

Looking forward to seeing your vacation pictures, the TSA says Happy Flying.


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0 Responses to When they say that they cannot save pictures of your junk…

  1. raceynora says:

    Aside from all the privacy issues, there is the health one. I have had radiation following cancer surgery and that shit accumulates – so glad I am mostly done with business travel. No way to know what kind of cancer my government is willing to give me!


  2. You can refuse to go through the “I can see you naked cancer machine” (what I’m calling it), but then you have to have some stranger who was flipping burgers the week before feel you up. We have to fight this. Make Michael Chertoff and Oblahblah walk through those machines a couple hundred times on tv–with the clear photos, not the purposefully blurred ones shown by the media. I’ll still refuse to use it, but I’d like to see the assholes who insist on this bullshit for use show their junk to the world. Monsters.


  3. Lsamsa says:

    Well, face it…this intrusion on everyone’s health & privacy must be done…must be done because ‘the terrorists’ used airplanes on 9/11!! Therefore, do everything you can…’it’s for your own good people’…to ensure those airplanes are free of terrorists…we must focus on ‘airplanes’!!
    Bloody hell…Bin Laden & company must be laughing themselves silly, watching the ‘Pavlovian’ response of the Americans.


  4. Yeah, so some creep packed his junk in explosives, and now we all have to “go public.”

    I’m just wondering how long it will take them to remember that someone had explosives surgically implanted, and decide that they need to slice us all open just to be sure…


  5. tommyspoon says:

    Here’s a great tool to fight back!


  6. Gasp! A great tool to help the terrorists, that’s what!