You Have No Privacy


When last we wrote about your privacy rights when entering the U.S. of A., the news was this: "Travelers, businesses, and advocacy groups are pushing back against government searches of laptops at US border crossings."

So much for pushback. The Washington Post reports:

Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop computer or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.

Also, officials may share copies of the laptop's contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Seems like the best advice came in our first post on the subject: "Delete everything you don't absolutely need."


4 Comments for "You Have No Privacy"

  • Amerikan in Amerika.... August 04, 2008 1:47 pm

    Welcome to MY Island.... LOL!

  • Bob Dahlstrom August 04, 2008 12:21 pm

    Related Story Maryland Police Infiltrated Activist Organizations (July 18, 2008) According to documents obtained through a Maryland Public Information Act lawsuit, Maryland state police have been infiltrating peace and anti-death penalty activist organizations and in some instances, entering the names of some of the members into a law enforcement database of suspected terrorists and drug traffickers, even though the individuals' actions were lawful. Nowhere in the documents is there any indication that the protesters engaged in criminal intent or activity. State police officials maintain that individuals' civil rights were not violated. -http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.spy18jul18,0,3787307.story Anyone else see a trend? Unreasonable Search and Seizure AND listing people who attend peace organization meetings as terrorists "even though the individuals' actions were lawful".

  • pdlane August 04, 2008 10:43 am

    I have taken an alternative route. I have purchased an inexpensive [cheap] refurbished, older, smallest I could find, laptop for my trips to Europe. Only loading basic software... XP, Mozilla, partial address book, a few bookmarks, word processor with a few inocuous old documents. My data files on flash drives that do not look like flashdrives.... One flash drive I found is built into.. disguised as... a ball pen. If Homeland Security wants to borrow the laptop on my return... no problem.

  • liv August 01, 2008 4:03 pm

    I made darn sure I wiped my laptop clear of anything perceived as "detain and question" when we flew to London.

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