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TSA 'nude' body scanners now used in prisons

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TSA 'nude' body scanners now used in prisons

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 26, 2014

The full-body scanners that were pulled by the Transportation Security Administration last year are now being used in prisons around the country. A total of 171 machines were removed from airports nationwide after protests from privacy activists.

"The TSA reported that 154 of the scanners were recently transferred to law enforcement agencies in Arkansas, New York, Michigan and other places, with 96 others remaining at the manufacturer’s warehouse," reports the Los Angeles Times.

"The TSA stopped using the scanners in 2013 because the manufacturer failed to add software to protect the privacy of passengers," further reports the Los Angeles Times. "The scanners created what resembled a nude image to detect hidden objects under passengers’ clothes." New body-scanners in airports create a "cartoon-like image" instead. 

Under federal surplus programs, prisons and other government agencies have been able to purchase the original scanners at a discounted rate to be used to search for inmate contraband. The machines cost an estimated $130,000 to $170,000 wholesale.