Also in the News: Airport scans raise privacy issues

Despite assurances from Transportation Security Administration officials that scans made of airline passengers during the security screening process are kept confidential and are quickly disposed of, some privacy advocates are questioning the practice, the Boston Globe reports.

TSA said extra safeguards were put in place when it tested whole-body scanners at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, but "most passengers would be horrified" by the perceived invasion of privacy if they could see the results of the scans, an American Civil Liberties Union spokesman said, according to the Globe. The paper also reported that health experts are concerned about the amount of radiation that certain machines emit. It  quotes one official from Columbia University Medical Center who said the scans should not be routinely used on children, pregnant women or people whose genes make them especially susceptible to radiation.

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