EU-UK: Body Scanners in airports

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New scanners break child porn laws (Guardian, link)

Are planned airport scanners just a scam? - New technology that Gordon Brown relies on for his response to the Christmas Day bomb attack has been tested – and found wanting (Independent on Sunday, link)

Brown gives go-ahead for full-body scanners at Britain's airports (Guardian, link)

Full-body scanners being ordered for airports, says Gordon Brown - outlines new airport security regime but opinions remain mixed as to whether scanners can detect liquids (Guardian, link)

The war on terror has been about scaring people, not protecting them by Gary Younge (Guardian, link)

PI statement on proposed deployments of body scanners in airports (Privacy International, link)

Islamic Human Rights Commission: New security measures are a knee-jerk reaction to the recent failed terrorist attack (link)

Background: By 2014 all EU airports are planned to have screening equipment for liquids in operation. Very useful summary from ALDE group shadow rapporteur: Introduction of liquids onboard of aircrafts State of play (pdf).

The proposal from the Commission envisages three steps: - from 2010 allow liquids of transit passengers - by 2012 big airports have to screen liquids with available technology - by 2014 all airports with available technology. See: Commission: Information paper: Ban on liquids onboard aircraft and possible next steps (pdf)

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