Rapiscan accused of faking privacy tests for airport scanners | Ars Technica

An influential member of Congress has suggested that Rapiscan, the company behind some of the full-body scanners used at American airports, faked tests of its machines’ ability to protect passenger privacy. In a letter quoted by Bloomberg, Rep Mike Rogers (R-AL) charged that Rapiscan “may have attempted to defraud the government by knowingly manipulating an operational test.”

via Rapiscan accused of faking privacy tests for airport scanners | Ars Technica.


3 thoughts on “Rapiscan accused of faking privacy tests for airport scanners | Ars Technica

  1. To me this is a serious violation of professional ethics, if it is indeed true. As we have discussed and read, there are certain standards that IT professionals are held to. In this case, Rapiscan is responsible for providing products that are security measures to ensure the safety of thousands traveling via airplane. The repercussions of a faulty body scanner could cost the lives of thousands of innocent people as we have seen in such terrorist incidents like 9/11. In using a faulty operational test Rapiscan chose a path of greed and fortune over the safety of others and violated their expectations as ethical professionals. If this is indeed true, and reaches mainstream media,Rapiscan will soon learn that the costs will outweigh the gains.

  2. I agree with Joe. Assuming these allegations are true, I agree that this type of deception is a serious breach of the professional contract between the government and an IT business. It shows that IT professionals can make intentional unethical choices. The company made two mistakes. First, they made an inadequate system. Second, they took the necessary steps to cover up their inferior system. This example makes me more skeptical of the systems that I interact with on a day to day basis. If a high-tech security company contracted by the United States government in the name of national security can allow such dishonesty, is it reasonable to assume that inferior systems driven by ethically corrupt IT professionals are more prevalent than we would like to believe? This article made me realize that true IT professionals may be rarer than I’d expect.

  3. Like the responses above, I also think that this is a serious safety violation. As an airline passenger, you rely on machines like this to ensure that you and everyone else on the plane is safe until you reach your destination. After reading this, it shocked me that a company would be okay with possibly letting harmful people through the security checkpoint and into the air. I know I would not be able to go to sleep at night knowing that there is a possibility that others could be harmed because I created a faulty security scanner. We are talking about human lives here, and that is not something to put at risk. People in this industry should have a set of ethics that they live up to, and I find it hard to believe that this would not violate at least one of their key values.

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