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TSA Body Scans in the News Again–Government Admits To Storing–Algorithms Allow For Security Analysis On Steroids

Posted Aug 04 2010 12:22pm

The only way to really keep track of what is saved and what is not is to have a data audit trail and with the world we live in today with sensors and data connections with data bases for intelligence, do you think that perhaps all would do into a file to be dumped?  Cargo is now getting scanned too. image

If you have read the news of late, use Wikipedia as an example here of what intelligence can be gained and transmitted.  For security reasons could a passenger on the no fly list easily connect to a DNA data base here, sure it could if set up.  We are a society addicted to data and government, private citizens, makes no difference as the quest for the “one up man ship” won’t go away when it comes to information.  This stuff creates big profits too for those who create algorithms to analyze.  Back in January we has this in the news that the storing features had been disabled as nobody is going to make a machine that does not have the capability to store and remotely control data – that’s the not the world we live in today.  The minute an undesirable gets through and we have major problems then everyone will want to know why they were not caught and sometimes that involves connecting data bases that have never been connected before and aggregating a new bunch of data sets. 

The next question is who do you trust to run the data base algorithms to ensure that images are dumped?  That’s a good question and way beyond where I could speculate there.  The technology is getting so good that some are speculating that a use for healthcare might be contained here too.

I may have been a bit ahead of my time but back in December of 2008 I wrote a parody about a day in the future with going to the doctor and I used example about taking my TSA scan with me to the doctor’s office, no far off base right? 

Here’s a short paragraph from my 2008 article below:

“Last evening I had anticipated going to the doctor today, so when I came through image the TSA inspection point, since they are now scanning in 5D, I asked if they would simply beam my files to my cell phone so I could have them with me today, to save the doctor some time. 

They look incredibly impressive! 

Next, I just moved the images over to my HealthVault account so I can share with the doctor today.

In some airports to have privacy you may have to turn off your cell phone too.

Where’s that Department of Algorithms I started talking about a year ago?

So what do we do next to fix this, set up an application on Facebook so the TSA can offer for a $1 to have your image sent to your profile, and in essence this will take care of the privacy issues since it’s connected to Facebook and they get to generate income to fund TSA?  We are seeing some very far fetched solutions as such today in the world.

This falls into the same silly category as the license plats in California showing advertising in my opinion as that would end up generating money but what is the price we will pay for safety here with disruptive technology?

Below is a video from CNN archives that explains the process of how scanning is done and they have privacy issues there too.  BD 

For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded."

Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.

Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images | Privacy Inc. - CNET News

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