Protecting Your Laptop Data From US Customs

Do any international travel? Bring along your laptop or cell phone? Got any trade secrets or private information on there? Trying to get back into the US?

Did you know that the US Customs and Border Protection guys can clone your hard disk or phone data, and you can’t stop them?

Here’s the first sentence from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: “The Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling (pdf) in United States v. Arnold allows border patrol agents to search your laptop or other digital device without limitation when you are entering the country.” Full story here: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/05/protecting-yourself-suspicionless-searches-while-t .

Another example of the erosion of our privacy here in the US.

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