Privacy, civil rights groups urge DHS to end full-body scans

04/22/2010 | CNN

A coalition of more than 30 groups filed a petition Wednesday urging the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the use of full-body scanners at U.S. airports. One of the signers, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the scanners are "expensive, ineffective and offensive to constitutional rights and deeply held religious beliefs." But security officials have defended the machines, with TSA's acting administrator, Gale Rossides, saying a wider rollout "will significantly improve our detection capabilities." The group filing the petition warned that it may take the issue to court if DHS fails to act.

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