DHS: All Your Laptops are Belong to Us
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents can seize travelers' laptops and other electronic devices for an unspecified period of time with no suspicion of wrongdoing according to a DHS policy distributed to its agencies on July 16. Agents may take these devices offsite and share copies of their contents with other agencies and private entities for the purpose of translation or decryption. The recently disclosed policies apply to travelers entering the U.S. including American citizens. This includes not only laptops but hard drives, cell phones, flash drives, music players or “any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form”. And DHS says it can retain any seized devices for “a reasonable period of time”, whatever that means. Allegedly, this is to protect us all from terrorists, but don't forget about all those illegal music and video files they'll be protecting us from as well. You can read the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Policy Regarding Border Search of Information for yourself.