FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.
Whole body image scanning machines are designed to peer through clothing and capture three-dimensional images of individuals as if they are completely undressed. This raises a lot of questions about the impact of a citizen's civil liberty rights and a citizen's privacy interests.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research organization that monitors federal actions to determine their impact on civil liberties and privacy interests, has wanted to find out how whole body imaging machines have been used on US citizens by the federal government.
Accordingly, EPIC submitted a Freedom of Information of Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Because the DOJ did not provide the requested information, EPIC has filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the District of Columbia.