Is the TSA violating your privacy with its new body scanning machines?

UPDATE Oct. 30, 3:41 p.m. In response to reader comments about the safety of these scanners, I want to add that the TSA and the machine manufacturers told Aviation.com that, "the amount of radiation during the scan is equal to 15 minutes of exposure to natural background radiation on a sunny day." That is significantly less than a traditional X-ray.

UPDATE Oct. 31, 9:50 a.m. A TSA spokesperson has responded to our blog post with the following comment:

Blogger Bob here from the TSA Eos Blog. I wanted to clear some things up. These are not the images that our officers see. To read more about the technology and to see the correct images, please go here. Importantly, we’ve designed the program not to retain any image created and to prevent the [officer] looking at the image from being able to see the individual being screened. The TSA website also contains information on this and other programs your readers might be interested in.
Thanks, Bob TSA Evolution of Security Blog Team

My response is that you go, as Bob suggests, to see the image examples on the TSA blog page. Are they really that less invasive? You be the judge!

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