Privacy: US Searches of Laptops at Borders

Computerworld – Travelers arriving at U.S. borders may soon be confronted with their laptops, PDAs, and other digital devices being searched, copied and even held by customs agents — all without need to show suspicion for cause.

Notices are being proposed by the Privacy Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which last week released a report approving the suspicionless searches of electronic devices at U.S. borders.

The 51-page Privacy Impact Assessment also supported the right of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to copy, download, retain or seize any content from these devices, or the devices themselves, without assigning any specific reason for doing so.

Full Story: Searching computers at US borders

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One Response to “Privacy: US Searches of Laptops at Borders”

  1. Data Seizures at Borders « Data – Where is it? Says:

    […] arriving at U.S. borders may soon be confronted with their laptops, PDAs, and other digital devices being searched, copied and even held by customs agents — all without need to show suspicion for […]


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