ACLU: TSA Tests See-Through Scanners on Public in New York’s Penn Station by Rashida Richardson, New York Civil Liberties Union & Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project:
The TSA and Amtrak Police are trying out new see-through body scanners in New York City’s Penn Station that raise serious constitutional questions. And as is so often the case, the government is not being sufficiently transparent about the devices, how they will be used, on whom, and where they will eventually be deployed. We also don’t know who will have access to the information they collect or for how long.
There is also reason to believe the technology may not work as well as the TSA says it does.
This “passive millimeter wave” technology works by detecting the heat radiating from the human body and analyzing ways in which those emanations may be being blocked by objects hidden on a person’s body.