Non-security uses of body scanners

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    They are now being used in department/clothing stores to measure body contours and recommend clothing most likely to fit. Presumably they are MMW machines -- only TSA & Rapiscan seem dumb enough to risk repeating the fluoroscope debacle of the last century.

    I sure hate seeing them legitimized in this manner. At the same time if they turn out to have harmful health effects, this will make it a lot easier to sue the manufacturers into bankruptcy, as there will be no possible umbrella of governmental immunity for usage in department stores.

    L.A. Times: Virtual fitting rooms changing the clothes shopping experience: High-tech sizing machines scan customers and offer a list of recommended clothing, eliminating returns and providing manufacturers with real-world data.

    ... jeans shopper Stephanie Heredia stepped into a booth resembling an airport body scanner. In less than 20 seconds, she walked away with a printout that recommended a dozen denim styles to fit her hourglass-shaped frame ...

    They're already pondering privacy concerns, including the fact that vendors can change their privacy policies on a whim and the obvious risk that personal imaging data can be stolen and/or resold.

    The obvious questions is who tested the radiation output from these machines, how did they test it, and what were the results?
  2. MaximumSisu

    MaximumSisu Requiescat in Pace

    Agreed - MMW.

    From the Me-Ality site:


    The "vertical wand" in the Me-Ality Size Matching Station contains 196 small antennas that send and receive low power radio signals. Our radio signals are similar to, but 1000 times weaker than, a typical cell phone emits. In the 10 to 15 seconds it takes for the wand to rotate around a fully clothed individual the signals reflect off the water in their skin. When the wand's rotation is complete, Me-Ality has recorded over 200,000 points of reference from which precise measurements are extracted.

    The fluoroscope debacle of the last century is non-repeatable by law in the real world, except for the "anything-for security" world, and is regulated by the NRC and others.

    FCC sets limits on RF exposure.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I would decline to use the device, regardless I bet they will be gone from retail stores after the new wears off.

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