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L-3 Communications upgrades privacy factor in airport 'naked' body scans

08 September 2010

SPIE Corporate Member L-3 Communications is testing a new system to protect the privacy of passengers undergoing full-body security scans in airports. L-3 and Rapiscan have developed a software upgrade that displays raw data from the airport scanner as a generic human-formed figure on a security agent's monitor.

L-3 has tested the system at Amsterdan's Schiphol airport, according to an article in the magazine Fast Company. Ultimately, the system must meet two requirements, the article notes: "The protections put in place shouldn't compromise security, and they must actually work to protect individuals' sense of decency."

Read the full story in Fast Company.