The claim is rather undermined by the experience of Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan, who during an appearance on the Jonathan Ross show claimed that he was presented by airport security staff with printed images from his scan, which he promptly autographed.
I've got to give this an "if true" caveat, because (i) he may have been joking; (ii) the airport has issued a denial; (iii) it just seems so stupid of the system's designers to have the capacity to print the images out, so stupid of the managers to break the brand-new and vital promise of non-retention of the images, so stupid of the staff on the counter to expose their printing of the image in this case, etcetera. But let's not say that that rules anything out with our overlords…
[And a couple of codas: (i) Given the government's appalling record on data loss, one always viewed the guarantees of security for these images with skepticism. But even if the images were instantly destroyed, their creation would still violate the unamended laws against the creation of indecent images of children - destroying such images is no defence, as the prosecution guidelines make clear. (ii) Nobody seems to have any answers on the health issues I recently raised.]
By Alex Deane
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