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ACLU: Body Scanner = Naked Movie Star Pictures; That Didn’t Take Long
Posted By admin On February 10, 2010 @ 3:30 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled
ACLU Blog Of Rights 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
We’re not the type to say “I told you so.” Alright maybe we are. In this case we just couldn’t help ourselves.
Since December, we’ve been expressing skepticism about the deployment of whole body imaging at airports. We call them virtual strip searches because we think the graphic images they create of people are incredibly invasive. We’ve even noted that images of famous people are likely to be particularly prized .
Well the future is now. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan recently disclosed that he received a whole body scan at the airport. But contrary to the stated policy of the British government , this image was not immediately discarded.
Instead, airline personnel apparently printed it out .
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In Khan’s own words:
‘I was in London recently going through the airport and these new machines have come up, the body scans. You’ve got to see them. It makes you embarrassed — if you’re not well endowed.
‘You walk into the machine and everything — the whole outline of your body — comes out.’
[…]’Then I saw these girls — they had these printouts. I looked at them. I thought they were some forms you had to fill. I said ‘give them to me’ — and you could see everything inside. So I autographed them for them.’
We admire Khan’s ability to make the best of a bad situation — recall his experience at Newark last year  — but we doubt he is too happy about the government allowing perfect strangers to take and keep naked images of his body. All of this points to the need for laws that ban the copying and other misuse of these images as well as a legal right to recover damages if they are.
Now we just hope that our raising the issue of body cavity searches  doesn’t prove to be equally accurate.
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URLs in this post:
 ACLU Blog Of Rights: http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/body-scanner-naked-movie-star-pictures-didnt-take-long
 Scannergate: Facts Contradict Heathrow Claim That Naked Images Can’t Be Printed : http://www.prisonplanet.com../scannergate-facts-contradict-heathrow-claim-that-naked-images-cant-be-printed.html
 Exposed: Naked Body Scanner Images Of Film Star Printed, Circulated By Airport Staff : http://www.prisonplanet.com../exposed-naked-body-scanner-images-of-film-star-printed-circulated.html
 images of famous people are likely to be particularly prized: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BT2QZ20091230
 stated policy of the British government: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23801351-lord-adonis-airport-body-scan-images-destroyed-immediately.do
 airline personnel apparently printed it out: http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20100206/908/ten-shah-rukh-signs-off-sexy-body-scan-p.html
 Image: http://www.prisonplanet.tv
 experience at Newark last year: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/31/bhatnagar.khan/index.html
 raising the issue of body cavity searches: http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/aclu-opposes-body-cavity-searches-all-airline-passenge
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