The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally disclosed its official policy on laptop seizures: they can take your laptop, or any other electronic device, for no reason at all, keep them for days or weeks (maybe forever), and disclose anything they find to anybody they feel like:
Also, officials may share copies of the laptop’s contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“The policies [….] are truly alarming,” said Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), who is probing the government’s border search practices. He said he intends to introduce legislation soon that would require reasonable suspicion for border searches, as well as prohibit profiling on race, religion or national origin.
What country do I live in again? I keep thinking as more and more details come out about the amount of civil liberties we’re giving away in the name of security there would be an cry of outrage from the public. But alas outside of the ACLU, bloggers, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation not many folks seems to care. Like sheep running off a cliff.