Hands Off My Laptop

Customs and Border Patrol at the Department of Homeland Security was just given the green light to search and seize laptops at the border, without probable cause, by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They can deny entry to anyone who refuses to give up their laptops and password. This is an affront to our progressive values of privacy and protection from unwarranted search and seizure.

Join us in demanding that Customs and Border Patrol conduct and publish a Privacy Impact Assessment on this policy. People have a right to privacy.

An airport screener looks at a laptop computer. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol now has the ability to copy the contents of laptops from any travelers entering the United States. SOURCE: AP/Mike Derer

If the government is to limit our privacy, it has the responsibility to understand the impact of its actions, share that information with us, and implement needed safeguards.

Write to Customs and Border Patrol and demand that they conduct and publish a Privacy Impact Assessment. Call on them to implement meaningful safeguards for our privacy.


April 25, 2014

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