Feds Admit To Storing Body Scanner Images

08.05.10 | FL News Team

The U.S. Marshals Service says it's done something the federal Transportation Security Administration previously stated can't be done.  CNET was the first to report that the Marshals Service claims to have saved more than 35-thousand body scanning images.  The images were reported to have been secretly stashed at a security checkpoint at a Florida courthouse.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said earlier this year that the scanners would be placed at most major airports and the TSA has all along said that the images on the scanners would not be stored.

Critics charge the scanners violate passenger privacy by producing "naked" pictures of passengers.  Marc Rotenberger, the executive director of the Washington, DC advocate group Electronic Privacy Information Center, says the TSA's honesty with the public is in question.  The group recently asked a federal judge to ban the body scanning program.