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DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS -Slashdot

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"In a not-so-unexpected move, the Department of Homeland Security has concluded that travelers along the nation's borders may have their electronics seized and the contents of those devices examined for any reason whatsoever — all in the name of national security. According to legal precedent, the Fourth Amendment — the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures — does not apply along the border. The memo highlights the friction between today's reality that electronic devices have become virtual extensions of ourselves housing everything from e-mail to instant-message chats to photos and our papers and effects — juxtaposed against the government's stated quest for national security. By the way, the government contends the Fourth-Amendment-Free Zone stretches 100 miles inland from the nation's actual border."



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So... when traveling near the

So... when traveling near the border it is now more important than ever to make sure that you have backups of your digital information stored at a location which is not accessible to anyone else. In addition, for computers that you have with you, make sure that anything you want to keep private remains private by using encryption. Encryption via hidden encrypted containers would probably even be better.


That goes for any air or seaport

They can also go as far as copying and deleting whatever you have in any device such as a laptop or camera. I'm not here to argue the constitutionality of it. I'm just letting you know what they can, and will, legally get away with.