Senate: Punish Misusers of Body Scanner Images

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Senate has approved a proposal to make the misuse of airport body scan images a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The amendment by Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Charles Schumer of New York was added to an aviation bill pending before the Senate without opposition. It would prohibit anyone with access to the scanned body images, whether security personnel or members of the public, from photographing or disseminating those images.

The amendment would apply to images made by body scanners in use at some federal buildings as well as airport scanners. It covers not only the misuse of the original images recorded by scanners, but also photographs of scans.

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