My 2 Cents: Now this is the stuff that really scares the crap out of me. Are we really heading for “Johnny Mnemonic (1995)” … when will enough be enough … I can’t imagine what they will be finding on people laptops especially if it is being shared with the whole family … If anyone has experienced this type of data scan please let us know …
Not content with taking your shoes and confiscating your water, now the Department of Homeland Security is gunning for your laptops. As the Washington Post reported yesterday, Border Patrol and Customs agents can now â€śdetainâ€ť laptops â€śfor a reasonable period of timeâ€ť to â€śreview and analyze information.â€ť They donâ€™t need probable cause under the new policy. Doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re a U.S. citizen or foreign visitor. Officials can hold the laptops indefinitely. Or hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, beepers, video and audio tapes. Ditto papers, documents, books, pamphlets, even litter.
â€śItâ€™s not our intent to subject legitimate travelers to undue scrutiny, but to ensure the safety of the American public,â€ť wrote Jayson Ahern, U.S. Customs deputy commissioner, in a recent policy paper. Arguing that border searches of laptops have already uncovered intellectual property rights violations, extremist Jihadist literature, video clips of IEDs and child pornography, he pledged the government would never disclose confidential information â€świthout lawful authority.â€ť The policy has been on the books for awhile, but just confirmed under pressure from civil rights and business groups worried about increasing reports of laptop confiscation.
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