Insecure About Privacy

Before I went back to school for nursing I worked in photofinishing. I sat in a curtained booth scrolling through rolls of negatives viewing the positive images– this was done for color correction. I saw enough weddings– and cake smushings, to be glad I eloped.

People would tell me that no one looks at your pictures– it’s all done on machines. Au contraire. The minimum-wage workers running the machines would line their booths with prints of anything interesting that came through. The job was monotonous and it didn’t take much. Cute dogs, cute babies, scenic landscapes, and anything naked would end up on the wall.

I can’t blame people for being worried about airport body scans…

The government has reassured the flying public time and time again that any naked images of them at airport checkpoints would be destroyed immediately.
But now new attention is being focused on another agency of the federal government — the U.S. Marshals Service — that in at least one case has been keeping thousands of similar naked images recorded by its body scanners.

Technology marches on, so it’s certain that images will become clearer and scanners cheaper. People worry that their image will end up on the internet.

Not to slander TSA workers, who seem nice enough and very hard working when I go through security, but there’s always a few bad apples. Click here for a bizarre story about a worker who was driven to assault a fellow worker who would not shut up about what he saw on the body scan.

I am not happy about the radiation. For myself, okay, but if I had an infant I wouldn’t want him scanned. The health effects might show up decades later.

I don’t have the answer, but I’ve seen enough to ask a couple of questions.

How much trust can you put in assurances that–‘it’s totally risk free’ and ‘it’s totally confidential’?


One thought on “Insecure About Privacy

  1. I had 4800 hundred rads of lower body theraputic radiation 30 years ago.I try to avoid any non-essential radiation.I am not going to submit to radiation boarding a plane.
    I could care less about being patted down.
    Anyone who wants to get “fresh” with me needs to get a life.

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