Wednesday, 24 May 2017

How to protect your phone from border guards, and why it's probably a bad idea

If the government wants your data, they're probably going to get it — one way or another. 

As many are belatedly realizing under the administration of Donald Trump, Fourth Amendment protections against "unreasonable search and seizure" pretty much go up in smoke at the U.S. border. Travelers entering the country have long been accustomed to handing over luggage for inspection, but the amount and scope of private information kept on phones and laptops means that with a simple search Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are now able to peer into the most intimate details of people's lives. 

Here's the bad news: With the legal status of such digital searches mostly clear, there isn't much the average person can do about it. 

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