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EPIC Obtains DHS Body Scanner Training Manuals, New Questions About Absence of Privacy Safeguards

Posted By admin On February 16, 2013 @ 6:20 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

EPIC [1]
Feb 16, 2013

In response to an EPIC FOIA request [2], the Department of Homeland Security has released documents about the use of body scanners by the US Secret Service.

EPIC sought information about the types of images that body scanners capture, the length of time the images can be stored, and safeguards for maintaining the integrity and security of the captured images.

EPIC also asked about radiation body scanner radiation risks. EPIC received the contract of sale [3]between the Government and Rapiscan, the body scanner manufacturer; and the Secret Service’s training manuals [4] for instructing new recruits on the operation of body scanners.

The training materials make no mention of data privacy. For more information, see EPIC: EPIC v. DHS [5] and EPIC: Body Scanners [6].

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URLs in this post:

[1] EPIC: http://epic.org/2013/02/epic-obtains-dhs-body-scanner.html

[2] EPIC FOIA request: http://epic.org/foia/dhs/usss/Secret-Service-FOIA-Request.pdf

[3] the contract of sale: http://epic.org/foia/dhs/usss/Secret-Service-Contracts.pdf

[4] the Secret Service’s training manuals: http://epic.org/foia/dhs/usss/Secret-Service-Docs-1.pdf

[5] EPIC: EPIC v. DHS: http://epic.org/privacy/body_scanners/epic_v_dhs_suspension_of_body.html

[6] EPIC: Body Scanners: http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/backscatter/

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