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posted on 3-6-2017 at 01:33 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Border Crossing and Passwords

While traveling inside the US border, it's important to know that the TSA isn't supposed to confiscate laptops, search digital devices or demand passwords. The agency's site states: "Should anyone at a TSA checkpoint attempt to confiscate your laptop or gain your passwords or other information, please ask to see a supervisor or screening manager immediately."

But Border Patrol can. That's because it exists in a gray area not exactly protected by the Fourth and Fifth amendments, which ostensibly protect us from unreasonable searches and self-incrimination, they've been doing it for years.

If you've been following the news, you've probably noticed that it's only getting worse when it comes to demanding passwords and searching people's electronic devices. Just last month US citizen Sidd Bikkannavar was detained upon his return from a vacation in Chile. Border agents strong-armed him into turning over his phone's passcode, which was owned by his employer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Worth a read.

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