MEPs warn on ‘virtual strip searches’
Members of the European Parliament have asked the Commission to look carefully at the privacy implications of millimetre wave scanners – which effectively produce naked pictures of passengers.
The technology has already been trialled in the UK – at Paddington railway station – but was found to be impractical and abandoned.
Although the technology can be used to peer beneath people’s clothes, more recent incarnations, like the 12 ordered by the US Transport Safety Administration, work on an alarm system – a red light flashes or an alarm sounds if an unexpected object is detected beneath clothing.
But that hasn’t stopped the MEPs getting into a tizzy about the fact that the machines could produce “scanned images of persons as if they were naked, equivalent to a virtual strip search.” Yes, NAKED.