So much for the privacy commissioner’s credibility. A compromise to your privacy is not ‘protection’ – all it takes is another staged event to galvanize public support around increased security, a bill quickly passed in the house, and you’re all walking through this thing. Some studies have reported significant damage to DNA exposed to Terahertz radiation. A Los Alamos team discovered that THz rays have the potential to ‘unzip’ DNA strands. Why in the hell has Helath Canada approved them? While the scientific consensus remains inconclusive on this matter, StatismWatch urges a mass boycott of these machines. Opt for the pat-down if the CBSA insists on treating you like a slave.
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Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
October 30, 2009
OTTAWA—Airport scanners that can see through your clothes have received the blessing of Canada’s privacy czar.
Chantal Bernier, the assistant federal privacy commissioner, said Friday that the national air security agency has successfully answered her office’s questions about the machines, which will be used only in limited circumstances.
The system, tested in British Columbia at the Kelowna airport, allows a screening officer to see whether someone is carrying plastic explosives or other dangerous items.
The proposal has stirred controversy because the scanner produces a three-dimensional outline of a person’s naked body.
“It is a very touchy issue, and we have addressed it with exactly that level of care,” Bernier told a gathering of security officials and academics. [Ed. Note: Clearly, she was at the same conference as CSIS and the RCMP.]
Under the plan approved by the privacy chief, the officer would view the image in a separate room and never see the actual traveller.
Only people singled out for extra screening would be scanned, and they would have the option of getting a physical pat-down instead.
Bernier said the holographic image generated by the scanner makes it difficult to identify the traveller’s face.
“You would not know who it is, even if you knew the person was in line,” she said at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies.
“We’ve actually tested it.”
In addition, the image would be deleted the moment the person leaves the screening portal.
“In our view, these privacy safeguards meet the test for the proper reconciliation of public safety and privacy,” Bernier said.
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has done thorough threat assessments that reveal a need to search passengers for weapons that might elude a conventional metal detector, she said.
Giving a traveller who undergoes secondary screening the choice of either a full-body scan or a pat-down reduces the “sense of invasion” posed by the new tool, Bernier added.
In a preliminary assessment early last year, the air security authority said the scanner project amounted to a “low privacy risk” due to the built-in safeguards.
A letter sent to the agency Thursday from the privacy commissioner’s office recommends there be a public education campaign to explain the machines, and notes that minors would be scanned only with the consent of guardians accompanying them.
The scanners are already in use at airports in cities including Amsterdam, Moscow and Phoenix. They are also found in the high-security “green zone” of Baghdad and at some U.S. courthouses and prisons.
The air security authority says the low-level radio frequency wave emitted by the body scanner meets Canadian health-and-safety standards.
Data from the Kelowna pilot project will help the security authority determine which Canadian airports would most benefit from scanners.
Transport Canada would then decide whether to approve use of the devices across the country.
Mathieu Larocque, an air security authority spokesman, said work will now begin with Transport officials on drafting proposed regulations for the machines.
The authority hopes to buy seven of the devices, which cost about $200,000 apiece.
It is too soon to know which airports might get them, Larocque said.
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