Friday, August 01, 2008

Laptop siezures at USA borders

Lol wait until Brazil or some other country starts seizing USA citizens laptops at the border and then watch them bitch and moan (I think it was Brazil who did the fingerprinting protest a few years back).

This is going to end badly.

I keep saying this over an over but no one is listening ….. treat others as you would like to be treated yourself and we’ll all get along.

Dean Collins

DHS Allowed To Take Laptops Indefinitely

Washington Post story has details of Department of Homeland Security policies for border searches of laptops and other electronic devices (as well as papers).

DHS says such procedures have long been in place but were "disclosed last month because of public interest in the matter," according to the article. Here is a link to the policy (PDF, 5 pages).

"Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop 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, US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement... DHS officials said that the newly disclosed policies — which apply to anyone entering the country, including US citizens — are reasonable and necessary to prevent terrorism... The policies cover 'any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form,' including hard drives, flash drives, cell phones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover 'all papers and other written documentation,' including books, pamphlets and 'written materials."

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