Scanners: A Threat to Privacy?

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: October 9, 2010


Civil libertarians believe that backscatter and millimeter-wave sensing devices in airports are a threat to individual privacy. This article attempts to reconcile the desire for individual rights and the common good through a communitarian philosophy.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Scanners: A Threat to Privacy? (October 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

The George Washington University ( email )

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Washington, DC 20037
United States

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