Gizmodo launched an investigation into a collection of 100 security images saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., taken by U.S. Marshals in Orlando, Florida. The Freedom of Information Act allowed Gizmodo access to 35,000 images of travelers within an Orlando Federal courthouse.
The leak follows the assertion made by key governmental agencies, the TSA, and manufacturers of the "Advanced Imaging Technology" that operators "cannot store, print, transmit, or save the image." The leaked images were obtained following the return of the scanner to it's manufacturer with its images intact. The images were removed from the Orlando airport scanning machine by U.S. Marshals for distribution following a request made by the FOIA.
The leaked scans were from flyers who walked through the security screening devices last year despite policies clearly stating images would be "automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer." Fortunately for the victims of the leaked images, the machine used a low resolution and a less revealing imaging setting, but the incident clearly demonstrates the security limitations of the machines and TSA officers running them.
The investigation only reaffirms the mounting controversy over the use of body scanners at airports, the potential for improper use, and legalities regarding saved images of public servants and private citizens.
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