Will DHS Border Search Logic Be Used To Allow Gov't Screening Of All Internet Traffic?

from the bad-potential-precedent dept

We've already explained how ridiculous it is for DHS to say that border patrol agents need to search laptops to prevent dangerous information from getting into the country. Obviously, if that was the intent of the individual, they'd just send the info electronically and not have to deal with any customs agents. Slashdot points us to a blog post by Steven M. Bellovin where he takes that same thought and flips it on its head, noting that, based on the DHS's statements, DHS may believe that it also has the right to scan any data entering or leaving the country. On top of that, he points out that this could potentially mean that if you encrypt that data you send over a border (say, via a VPN), you could potentially be violating laws that bans "hiding" goods that you send over the border. While the courts have not at all ruled in this way, you could pretty easily see the government making this sort of case.
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  1. identicon
    Balthazar, 7 Aug 2008 @ 6:58am

    Re: Re: Oh, man. There are still naive people out there

    Ah, yet another neo-con who becomes childish, and resorts to name calling. Please, since you're such a genius, explain to us the history of this country, and explain to us our civil rights (there's no quotes around those words here, because to us they actually have meaning), and then tell us about the Articles of Impeachment. Please, we'd like you to share your genius with us.

    Fucktard.

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