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Privacy group says DHS stonewalling on ‘electronic frisk’ technology records
Posted By admin On June 6, 2012 @ 3:26 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
June 6, 2012
A privacy group that opposes a new form of electronic screening technology has asked the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to investigate Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) practices at the Department of Homeland Security, after the agency refused its request for information on new terahertz scanning technology.
In a letter  to OGIS director Miriam Nisbet, the Electronic Privacy Information Centter said it had seen a “systemic problem” at DHS pertaining to FOIA request administration at the agency.
EPIC noted that its request  for specific records from DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate about the use and development of “Terahertz technology for electronic frisking” had been denied. EPIC said the technology that “electronically ‘frisk’ individuals at a distance,” is being used by police agencies with DHS funding. It specifically requested records about the New York City Police Department’s use of the scanning technology, which EPIC said allows officers to see through clothing, walls, and packaging materials to see exactly what a person is wearing, or carrying in a box or backpack.
The NYPD began testing a terahertz gun detection system in January and has said it would use it only in suspicious circumstances. EPIC, other privacy and civil right groups are wary of the technology, as they are of other electronic screening technologies.
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URLs in this post:
 GSN: http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/26487?c=federal_agencies_legislative
 letter: http://epic.org/foia/dhs/EPIC-DHS-FOIA-OGIS-Ltr-06-01-12.pdf
 request: http://epic.org/foia/dhs/EPIC-DHS-FOIA-Appeal-06-01-12.pdf
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