Brian Vagnoni on 25 May 2008 20:42:16 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] OT: Traveling With Your Laptop Over The Border

From: Michael Leone []
To: Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List []
Sent: Sun, 25 May 2008 23:26:11 -0400
Subject: Re: [PLUG] OT: Traveling With Your Laptop Over The Border

Erek Dyskant wrote:
>> I've heard of laptops being searched, but not kept for 2 weeks. Are
>> you aware of any instances in which this has actually happened?
>> Something with a link to a news source would preferred.
> It's Custom's and Border protection rather than the TSA that has seized
> laptops.

So it was only 1 British citizen that actually had her laptop seized, 2
years ago? The article doesn't mention any other seizes of laptops,
specifically - just "The lawsuit was inspired by two dozen cases, 15 of
which involved searches of cellphones, laptops, MP3 players and other
electronics". Searches doesn't necessarily mean seizure.

Maybe they are looking for that copy of Air Supply.

The point I'm trying to make is that they can, they mite, it has happened, there are no guide lines, air port personnel aren't trained, and the law currently isn't on your side and trying to play technology catch up. These devices are hard and expensive to replace, with the data on them usually being priceless. So please think twice about what is on your hard drive, cell phone, pda, ..etc before traveling over the border. This has been a public service announcement :-).

Brian Vagnoni
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