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    you can't get anything much like a "picture" of a place based on nuclear radiation you pick up from outside it. Scan a building in IR, and you can sort out things like the locations of objects and people inside, quite a lot about electronics that are operating in there, all sorts of invasions of presumed privacy.

    But no one walking around my house with a rad detector can learn a damned thing about me other than whether or not I have something unusually radioactive inside and roughly where it is. They can't tell if anyone's inside the house or not, to pick something at random. There really isn't much in the way of illegitimate prying possible this way.

    Walking down my street with a good set of human ears is vastly more intrusive. I do not believe the police are constitutionally prohibited from doing that without a court order, even several times a day!

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