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"Your encryption keys, please"
07-21-2009, 04:11 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-21-2009, 04:23 AM by solar.)
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"Your encryption keys, please"
<span style="font-family:Arial Black">Crossing Borders with Laptops and PDAs<!--fontc--><!--/fontc--></span>

by Bruce Schneier

May 15, 2008

Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country.

They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.

Customs and Border Patrol has not published any rules regarding this practice, and I and others have written a letter to Congress urging it to investigate and regulate this practice.

But the US is not alone. British customs agents search laptops for pornography. And there are reports on the internet of this sort of thing happening at other borders, too.

You might not like it, but it's a fact.

So how do you protect yourself?

[ **The rest of the article can be accessed at this link.** ]

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<span style="font-family:Arial Black">Laptop Security while Crossing Borders<!--fontc--><!--/fontc--></span>

by Bruce Schneier

July 15, 2009

Last year, I wrote [in the article above, at this link ] about the increasing propensity for governments, including the U.S. and Great Britain, to search the contents of people's laptops at customs.

What we know is still based on anecdote, as no country has clarified the rules about what their customs officers are and are not allowed to do, and what rights people have.

Companies and individuals have dealt with this problem in several ways, from keeping sensitive data off laptops traveling internationally, to storing the data -- encrypted, of course -- on websites and then downloading it at the destination.

I have never liked either solution. I do a lot of work on the road, and need to carry all sorts of data with me all the time.

It's a lot of data, and downloading it can take a long time. Also, I like to work on long international flights.

[ **The rest of the article can be accessed at this link.** ]
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09-01-2009, 05:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-01-2009, 05:12 PM by giznad.)
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&quot;Your encryption keys, please&quot;
I have never crossed any borders but if I had any "sensitive" data on my laptop,I would transfer all of it to an encrypted external HDD and put that in my none carry on luggage and erase all data that you want unseen with a program like heidi eraser(http://www.eraser.heidi.ie),also erasing unused disk space.

I have heard that they now have USB sticks that can dl all contents of your HD including deleted files in minutes.
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