Ralph Nader Takes on Airport Scanners

And privacy watchdog files lawsuit
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2010 10:50 AM CST
In this Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 file photo, an employee of Schiphol stands inside a body scanner during a demonstration at a press briefing at Schiphol airport, Netherlands.   (AP Photo/Cynthia Boll, File)
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(Newser) – Ralph Nader has teamed up with the Electronic Privacy Information Center in a campaign against the full-body scanners being installed in airports around the country. EPIC has filed a lawsuit urging a DC court of appeals to suspend the scanner program, arguing that the machines are easily hackable, store nude pictures of their subjects, and pose a radiation risk. They also don’t work all that well, and are still running (gasp) Windows XP, Fast Company reports.

Nader and company are also urging the Senate to hold hearings on the scanners. For more on the controversial devices, click here.

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