Nov 21st 2011

Press Comment: Body Scanners in Airports

Responding to the Transport Secretary’s written statement on the use of body scanners in airports Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, said: “The Government appears to be relying on technology that has either not been invented or is still woefully poor at detecting threats to address very real privacy […]

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Nov 15th 2011

EU Commission Changing the Rules on Airport Body Scanners

Today, the European Commission is releasing new rules for the use of airport body scanners.  The rules are meant to give airline passengers more choices when it comes to submitting to airport security measures before flying. The new proposals ensure that images from body scanners are not stored or copied and that security staff monitoring […]

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Apr 13th 2010

Troublesome poll results could fuel further privacy invasions

Some of you will have noticed this morning's news coverage of a Unisys poll on airport security and biometric data (although thankfully not all of you owing to its sloppy clash with three major party manifesto releases): If you haven't seen the top-lines, they make for unhelpful reading; as Sky News summarises: As many as […]

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Mar 24th 2010

Oh, the irony

Yesterday the Home Affairs Select Committee published a report warning the government that the introduction of body scanners at airports must be hastened in order to prevent unnecessary deaths. As reported by the Daily Mail, The cross-party group of MPs accused ministers of taking a ‘laissez-faire’ approach to security and said the government must be […]

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Jan 18th 2010

Man arrested under terrorism act for Twitter joke

Last week a 26 year-old man, upon hearing that his local airport was closed due to snow and with a planned trip to Ireland just 8 days away, wrote the following 'tweet' to his followers on social-networking site Twitter: "Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise […]

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