Friday, January 15, 2010

Scans sans naughty-bits - maybe

An article on the Syndey Morning Herald web site tell us that we may have been lied to. We were told that the full body scanners would not be able to save or transmit images. But it turns out that not only will persons with high level passwords will be able to enter a mode that allows export of pictures, they will also be able to remove the filtering that blurs the naughty bits. But I'm more bothered by the fact that we were lied to than anything else. We should have been told that the ability to export pictures exists, and offered solutions. Better yet, we should have been told that before ordering millions of dollars of scanners their ability to detect bombs would be fully tested. But once again we go in half cocked without really knowing what we are doing or how we are going to do it. To be honest, I never really believed that the ability to save the pictures or remove the blurring would be completely removed. The usefulness of having the images in some instances is undeniable. The idea of deleting them beyond all hope of recovery seemed almost criminally negligent.

Of course, spending millions of dollars on a technology that may not even address the problem it is supposed to solve is equally negligent. But I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised. We did it after 9/11 and we'll probably do it after the next successfull attack.