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Airport Body Scanning – correction of article New ‘no scan, no fly’ law by Linda Silmalis, Sunday Telegraph: Statement from Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim

6 February 2012

Linda Silmalis’ article (New ‘no scan, no fly’ law, Sunday Telegraph, 5/2/2011) incorrectly states that the Privacy Commissioner has ‘approved’ the body scanning technology to be introduced at Australian airports.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) provided advice to the Office of Transport Security on the privacy implications of the body scanning technology, under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that has now concluded. The MOU recognised the independence of the OAIC in providing that advice. However, I did not have a role in approving this project as part of the provision of that advice.