H.R. 685: To amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the unauthorized recording and distribution of security screening images of individuals created by advanced imaging technology utilized by the Transportation Security Administration or other Federal authority, require the Transportation Security Administration to disable image retention capabilities of advanced imaging technology, and for other purposes

February 16, 2011 at 10:48 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H.R. 685: To amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the unauthorized recording and distribution of security screening images of individuals created by advanced imaging technology utilized by the Transportation Security Administration or other Federal authority, require the Transportation Security Administration to disable image retention capabilities of advanced imaging technology, and for other purposes was introduced on February 14, 2011 by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX18):

H.R.685 — Checkpoint Images Protection Act of 2011 (Introduced in House – IH)

HR 685 IH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 685

To amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the unauthorized recording and distribution of security screening images of individuals created by advanced imaging technology utilized by the Transportation Security Administration or other Federal authority, require the Transportation Security Administration to disable image retention capabilities of advanced imaging technology, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 14, 2011

Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas (for herself, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. CHABOT, Mr. POE of Texas, Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas, and Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to criminalize the unauthorized recording and distribution of security screening images of individuals created by advanced imaging technology utilized by the Transportation Security Administration or other Federal authority, require the Transportation Security Administration to disable image retention capabilities of advanced imaging technology, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Checkpoint Images Protection Act of 2011′.

SEC. 2. CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR UNAUTHORIZED RECORDING OR DISTRIBUTION OF SECURITY SCREENING IMAGES.

(a) In General- Part I of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`CHAPTER 124–UNAUTHORIZED RECORDING OR DISTRIBUTION OF SECURITY SCREENING IMAGES

`2371. Criminal penalty for unauthorized recording or distribution of security screening images.

`Sec. 2371. Criminal penalty for unauthorized recording or distribution of security screening images

`(a) In General- Except as specifically provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for an individual–

`(1) to knowingly photograph or otherwise record an image produced using advanced imaging technology during the screening of an individual at an airport, or upon entry into any building owned or operated by the Federal Government, without express authorization pursuant to a Federal law or regulation; or

`(2) to knowingly distribute any such image to any individual who is not authorized pursuant to a Federal law or regulation to receive the image.

`(b) Exception- The prohibition under subsection (a) shall not apply to an individual who, during the course and within the scope of the individual’s employment, records or distributes an image described in subsection (a) solely to be used in a criminal investigation or prosecution or in an investigation relating to foreign intelligence or a threat to the national security.

`(c) Penalty- An individual who violates the prohibition in subsection (a) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.

`(d) Definitions- In this section:

`(1) The term `advanced imaging technology’–

`(A) means a device that creates a visual image of an individual showing the surface of the skin and revealing other objects on the body; and

`(B) include devices using backscatter x-rays or millimeter waves and devices referred to as `whole-body imaging technology’ or `body scanning’.

`(2) The terms `foreign intelligence’ and `threat to the national security’ have the meanings given those terms in part VII of the guidelines entitled `The Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations’, dated September 29, 2008, or any successor thereto.’.

(b) Clerical Amendments- The table of chapters for part I of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to chapter 123 the following:

2371′.

SEC. 3. DISABLING IMAGE RETENTION.

Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Assistant Secretary, Transportation Security Administration of the Department of Homeland Security shall certify to the Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate that, in order to improve airport security screening processes while ensuring passenger privacy protection, the image retention capabilities of all advanced imaging technology utilized by the Transportation Security Administration to screen passengers at checkpoints in our Nation’s airports have been disabled.

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