Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Airport Scanners Break Child Pornography Laws?

The full body scanners being considered for all airports may break child pornography laws in some countries. The scanners act as a virtual strip search allowing the screener to image the person without their cloths on. A simple work around may be to auto blur genitals, but that assumes the machine is capable of doing that 100% of the time correctly. It also would defeat the purpose of the technology as terrorists would hide the weapons/explosives near there genitals.


"The government sought on Tuesday to allay fears that body scanners being introduced at airports would break laws against creating indecent images of children.
Terri Dowty, of civil rights group Action On Rights For Children, said the scanners could breach child protection laws, which made it illegal to create an indecent image or a "pseudo-image" of a child.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, if the biggest issue about these scanners is child pornography, we're in for a real shock when an attack is successful after the investigation reveals the terrorists went through these very same scanners with no problems what so ever. How would they get through, well, the scanners wont even detect clothing, let alone the low-density materials such as the chemical that was going to be used in the Christmas Day attempted bombing, PETN (pentaerythritol tetra-nitrate). For now, lets keep our focus on terrorism that has the potential to kill hundreds if not thousands of lives, instead of some fog like images, that for some reason people feel can & will be portrayed as pornography. I've seen some of these scanner images & none as of yet have come close to "naked"....like the media is portraying them.
    Mike D. (Vancouver, BC)


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