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ACLU Looking To Challenge Homeland Security On Border Laptop Searches

from the gotta-find-someone-first... dept

Slashdot points us to the news that the ACLU is looking to challenge Homeland Security's policies that it has pretty free reign in searching your laptop at the border. Now, to date, the courts have said that this is perfectly legal, so it's not clear what is "new" that the ACLU hopes to prove. However, last year, after revealing that the new administration still stood by these border computer searches, it also revealed some data on laptop searches, suggesting they are quite rare -- but do still happen. However, the ACLU is seeking people whose laptops were searched, but that looks like a pretty small number of people. While I agree that these searches seem quite questionable for a variety of reasons, I just don't see this lawsuit being effective.

Filed Under: border search, homeland security, laptops
Companies: aclu


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    Zac Morris (profile), 15 Jan 2010 @ 5:45am

    Question regarding encryption

    Does anyone know the legal points of how encryption effects this policy?

    Are you required to actually login to your OS [for OS level encryption], or into any addon-encrypted repositories stored on the device?

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