Wednesday, February 13, 2008

US Border Laptop Searches

If you are going to US in short time and you wish to bring your electronic equipment with you, you MUST read this article first. It's called Five Things to Know About U.S. Border Laptop Searches.

Basically, all travelers, U.S. citizens and others, need to be aware of certain issues when entering the U.S. with electronic equipment. WHY? Because a lawsuit has been filed last week over warrantless searches of laptops and other electronic devices at U.S. borders, meaning that the officer at the borders could take your laptop without any evidence needed.

Here are some of the highlights:
  1. No evidence needed to take your laptop
  2. Anything can be searched
  3. Your PC might not be returned right away
  4. Don't take anything you don't want to share
  5. Be cooperative
I know it's STUPID, but they WILL start using this procedure when someone enters US territory (but no information on specific date when will this procedure will be started)