Если коротко и по-русски: Американские спецслужбы получили право изымать на неопределенный срок ноутбуки и другие электронные устройства у путешественников, пересекающих границу США. Для конфискации не требуется никаких оснований.
С террористами они так бороться, аха..
Susan Gurley, executive director of the Alexandria, Va.-based ACTE, said that international travelers need to be aware of and prepared for such border searches, even though they are relatively rare. This is especially true because so far little is known about the DHS’s policies relating to the practice and what it does with the information collected during searches of electronic devices, she said.
“We think people should know that they basically are leaving their right to privacy at the door when they cross the U.S. border. There is no assumption of privacy [at a port of entry].”
“This is by far not an epidemic of any sort,” Gurley said. “But we think people should know that they basically are leaving their right to privacy at the door when they cross the U.S. border. There is no assumption of privacy,” at a port of entry, she said.
Here are five factors Gurley says travelers should know about:
1. No evidence needed to take your laptop
Border agents do not need any evidence or suspicion of illegal activity to examine a laptop or other electronic device.
Every time you cross the border, customs officials have the right to look at anything in your possession, including the content on your laptop, handheld device, cell phone, USB memory stick and digital cameras, Gurley said. They have the right to both view that information and to download or mirror it if they think it’s necessary, she said.
2. Anything can be searched
Everything on an electronic device is open to search. This includes personal photographs, personal banking, any business documents and stored or unopened e-mail, Gurley said.
3. Your PC might not be returned right away
Seized devices may be kept for an indefinite period of time. Carry only a laptop or electronic device you can afford to lose or hand over for an unspecified period of time.
Sensitive data should be sent by e-mail before crossing the border in case the data becomes unavailable if the device is seized, she said.
4. Don’t take anything you don’t want to share
Don’t carry anything on these devices that could potentially embarrass you or that you don’t want others to see, Gurley said.
If it’s information you don’t want to share, don’t carry it. That includes data such as personal banking information, photos, correspondence, health and password information. If the device is a company-owned computer, don’t carry proprietary business information or personnel records on it, the ACTE advised.
5. Be cooperative
Cooperate with customs officials. Ask for a receipt and a badge number if your computer is seized. Try and get whatever information you can on the reason why it was seized.