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2006-10-28

Where is our privacy?

A recent article from ATCE warned travelers to U.S. that the Custom and Border Patrol Officers are granted the rights to confiscate and analyze anyone's electronic devices or media.

Here are some extracts from the articles:
... under U.S. law, government agents may seize and search a person´s laptop computer, computer discs, and other electronic media when that person arrives in the U.S. from abroad or departs from the U.S for a foreign country. The law applies equally to U.S. passport holders and non-U.S. passport holders.
Only one percent indicated either they or someone they know has had a laptop confiscated by authorities. Ninety four percent pf survey respondents were unaware that Customs or border officials can confiscate laptops for days, weeks or indefinitely.

Another article from zone-h.org also mentioned the issue:
... and not only lap tops: Flash drive devices , memory sticks, and Ipods containing any kind of personal information could be subjected to unmotivated inspection.
... according to a sentence emitted last july “no convincing reason ,suspect or warrant is needed” to justify the confiscation and analysis of a PC’s content.

Yes, security is important. So I understand why the U.S. CBP to make "their top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States"...

But what about our privacy...? Who cares.

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