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The ethical dimension of terahertz and millimeter-wave imaging technologies: security, privacy, and acceptability
Author(s): R. Ammicht Quinn; B. Rampp
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Paper Abstract

Terahertz and millimeter-wave imaging technologies, wherever they are applied to human beings, generate problems with the "naked" body. Security issues thus inevitably lead to ethical questions of privacy and intimacy. Less apparent but no less important are other issues such as discrimination and the question of reducing this problem through post processing of data; scalability; questions of controlling the controllers; questions of proliferation. Ethical research alone can not provide acceptability. However, ultimately innovative technologies will not achieve widespread and sustainable acceptance without a fundamental clarification of the ethically relevant issues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7306, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security V and Biometric Technology for Human Identification VI, 730613 (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818446
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R. Ammicht Quinn, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
B. Rampp, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7306:
Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security V and Biometric Technology for Human Identification VI
B.V.K. Vijaya Kumar; Craig S. Halvorson; Šárka O. Southern; Salil Prabhakar; Arun A. Ross, Editor(s)

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