Forbes published a story online yesterday about the use of “backscatter x-ray vision” in mobile vans. This scanning technology is the same as that employed at some airports, enabling authorities to see through clothing and luggage. The article features the product being advertized and sold by American Science and Engineering, which has sold more than 500 of the scanners. Their (in my view, creepy) promotional video is embedded below:
The backscatter technology and safety are discussed in the Wikipedia article on the subject.
The use of this technology creates obvious privacy problems, particularly when wielded by or on behalf of . . . [more]