Bills Introduced To Protect Laptops At Border Searches

from the restoring-the-4th-amendment dept

As was widely expected following earlier statements from politicians such as Russ Feingold, legislation has now been introduced that would curb Homeland Security's ability to randomly search laptops at the border, instead, requiring them to have a "reasonable suspicion" of illegal activity before they can search or copy a hard drive. This would be a huge step forward in terms of reasonable levels of privacy at the border. While defenders of the random search program claim that it's necessary, they give little proof. You can tell because their arguments could equally be applied to searching a random person on the street as well, as they just give vague platitudes about protecting the country from harm. Yet our country has privacy rights and probable cause for a very good reason. It's nice to actually see some politicians standing up to make sure that Homeland Security live up to those ideals.

Filed Under: border, customs, homeland security, laptops, russ feingold, searches

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    Joe Blow, 1 Oct 2008 @ 9:28am

    This is really about child porn

    This all started because a guy had child porn on his laptop. He went into another country, had sex with a child, photographed it, had the pics on his hard drive when coming back into the USA, and then got caught.

    If you break a law of the USA outside of the country, it is still illegal in this country. You must be held accountable for your actions.

    Now for those who want to let all the child mongers come and go as they please and not get caught, then lets vote this law through. For those that want to stop or potentally prevent the inoncent praying on of children, then stop this law. If it goes through, who knows what else will be caught, maybe a terrorist, maybe some trade secrets being stolen, etc. People are stupid and do leave things on their computer. If your upset about this then what are you hiding?

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