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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    Enrico Suarve, 8 Aug 2008 @ 2:35am

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

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    Couldn't agree more but in cases like this I feel it's best you go at it like a logger - lop off the branches at the top first

    Its a damn sight harder to hide behind the president and whatever retrospective immunity he'll allow for you if he's not there to support you in the first place

    Impeachment isn't the end-game, it's the first move...

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