100 Naked Citizens: 100 Leaked Body Scans

At the heart of the controversy over "body scanners" is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. US Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images.

A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimetre wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems Inc, obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that US Marshals operating the machine in the Florida courthouse had improperly perhaps illegally - saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens.

We understand that it will be controversial to release these photographs. But identifying features have been eliminated. And fortunately for those who walked through the scanner in Florida last year, this mismanaged machine used the less embarrassing imaging technique.

Yet the leaking of these photographs demonstrates the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimetre wave and x-ray backscatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country. That we can see these images today almost guarantees that others will be seeing similar images in the future. If you're lucky, it might even be a picture of you or your family.

While the fidelity of the scans from this machine are of surprisingly low resolution, especially compared to the higher resolution "naked scanners" using the potentially harmful x-ray backscatter technology, the TSA and other government agencies have repeatedly touted the quality of "Advanced Imaging Technology" while simultaneously assuring customers that operators "cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image." According to the TSA - and of course other agencies - images from the scanners are "automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer". Whatever the stated policy, it's clear that it is trivial for operators to save images and remove them for distribution if they choose not to follow guidelines or that other employees could remove images that are inappropriately if accidentally stored.

To the point, these sample images were removed from the machine in Orlando, Florida, by the US Marshals for distribution under the FOIA request before the machine was sent back to its manufacturer - images intact.

We look forward to seeing your next holiday photos.


Comments

    Woah... never using one of *those* things again!!! Naked pics go on your phone and porn sites, not public-property *machines*.

    It would seem that these scans are not very usful at all...

    wellcome, 1984

    Was clear that now politians will say "oh, it was a failure". The failuure is the scanner.

    We need to praise in all of the world "ethical data management". with a new kind of data laws.

    Today is the body scanner....and tomorrow...DNA replicants maybe?..the DNA are only data, isn`t it? oh wait..

    There are other machines (smiths BodyScan) that offer beter images resolutions and are most invasive.

    I don't see any naked persons, but only a sort of ghosts made of smoke. I am less alarmed now. Once these machines are available, it would be a bigger threat to privacy -and easier and cheaper- to install them in a hidden place shopping mall. The threat is posed by the technology, not by police procedures, and once the technolgy is there, it better be used publicly and under strict regulations.

      These ones are NOT the naked body scanners, these are a different type of machine, the point of this story was that what was said to never happen has happened (public distribution of images)

      These are not the images which the body scanners detect - far from it. What you're seeing with this whole news story is a deliberate preemptive ploy to assuage public alarm with tame images, and at the same time to sneak in the admission that they do in fact store images. It's a psy-op, and if I told you how I know, I'd lose my job, or worse!

        Story=boring beat up.

        Frank November 18, 2010 at 10:06=no credability. Hope you didn't use your work computer. You've blown their whole story, not.

        your so hardcore frank.. loose your job or worse!!! what they gonna do?? chop off your pinky or shave off an eye brow? pfft.. but i do agree with everything else you say

    wow! lots of fatties

    So much for the save fascility being disabled as was rep[orted.if there is one lie you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a hundred

    What an interesting a scary sample of the weight profile of US fliers.

    The images reveal two things. They reveal nothing intimate and also that Americans are fat!

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