Unhappy Senate lawmakers have asked the U.S. Marshals Service, an arm of the Justice Department, to explain why it has stored more than 35,000 whole body imaging scans taken at a federal courthouse in Florida.
In an Aug. 19 letter to the agency, Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said they were concerned individuals’ privacy might be compromised. The advanced imaging technology used during security screening procedures at the federal courthouse in Orlando “are able to scan through clothing and capture detailed images of the bodies of those who are scanned,” the lawmakers said in the letter.