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Huh... more reason to use some sort of online storage system...
...and encrypting+hiding data too large to store online.

Now that US customs agents have unfettered access to laptops and other electronic devices at borders, a coalition of travel groups, civil liberties advocates and technologists is calling on Congress to rein in the Department of Homeland Security's search and seizure practices. They're also providing practical advice on how to prevent trade secrets and other sensitive data from being breached.
In a letter dated Thursday, the group, which includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union and the Business Travel Coalition, called on the House Committee on Homeland Security to ensure searches aren't arbitrary or overly invasive. They also urged the passage of legislation outlawing abusive searches.

The letter comes 10 days after a US appeals court ruled Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have the right to rummage through electronic devices even if they have no reason to suspect the hardware holds illegal contents. Not only are they free to view the files during passage; they are also permitted to copy the entire contents of a device. There are no stated policies about what can and can't be done with the data.


I need to get TrueCrypt working. But I've heard some questionable, "things will crash and data will get lost" things about the initial mac release.

TrueCrypt, from what I've read, is supposed to let you encrypt things as well as hide them in harmless looking files. Pain in the ass though... At least I don't think I'm crossing the border anytime soon...

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shanrina From: shanrina Date: May 2nd, 2008 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
This is scary. And really depressing. *wonders if this also applies to things like flash drives*
ibneko From: ibneko Date: May 3rd, 2008 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect it wouldn't be too hard for them to copy flash drives. However, you could get physically-small memory chips (like mini-SD cards) and a reader, the mini-SD card could fit anywhere. (It's probably the size of a thumbprint, and not much thicker than a normal credit card.)

And since prices for those are dropping, it wouldn't be too hard to just buy a few of those to store the most important things.

Pain in the ass though.

Poke our congress-person! http://www.eff.org/action/bordersearch
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