Thursday, August 26, 2010

Airport Full Body X-Ray Scanner Technology Makes Normal Worries About Privacy Invasion Seem Rather Banal and Mocks the Puritan Ethic

You worry about Google Street View as an invasion of privacy?
 HANNOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 03:  A German Google...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Remember all those comic book superheroes who had X-ray vision and could see through things? Well, that technology is as good as here as you can read at Techdirt in Airport Scanner Technology Mounted On US Gov't Vans To Scan What's In Nearby Vehicles . Just look through the outer metal sheeting of automobiles.
 Body scanner imageImage by Rain Rabbit via Flickr
It is not surprising then that full body scanners at airports give naked pictures of humans in superb detail, as you can see and also read about at that last link. But not to worry, they right now have angels doing the inspecting, though one can be sure it is not always going to turn out that way.
Just wait until they get this technology miniaturized so that anyone who can afford it can wear a pair of X-ray spectacles -- you can be sure that day is soon coming. Then we are really going to have privacy problems.
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