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Author Topic: Customs and Laptops  (Read 1905 times)

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Offline ademas

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Customs and Laptops
« on: September 25, 2007, 03:39:32 PM »
I read a story the other day that customs is now able to "search and seize" the contents of your laptop without a search warrant.

I've traveled internationally a few times with mine, and I've never heard of this before, and I've never had anyone even blink at me or my laptop as I went through customs.

It has me a little freaked, to be honest, even though I don't have anything on my laptop to be concerned about.  I'm not a terrorist or pedophile (not even into twinks), but I do have stuff on my laptop that is highly personal to me, and that would embarrass the hell out of me, and that I would prefer that no one see. 

Does anyone have any experience with this firsthand?  I'm traveling to Brazil next month, and I had planned on taking my laptop, but now I'm not so sure. 

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Re: Customs and Laptops
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007, 03:54:11 PM »
The TSA may ask you to boot your computer to verify that this is a laptop and not some kind of weapon. The TSA is not interested in the software so they won't check the contents of the computer. The US Post Office can check the contents under the law:

 Title 18 U.S.C. 1465:

      'Whoever knowingly transports in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of sale or distribution any obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy book, pamphlet, picture, film, paper, letter, writing, print, silhousette, drawing, figure, image, cast, phonograph recording, electrical transcription or other article capable of producing sound or any other matter of indecent or immoral character, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.'

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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Customs and Laptops
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2007, 04:01:47 PM »
If you're worried about something "personal" on your laptop why not just transfer it to an external drive until you return?  At the very least it will put your mind at ease (not to mention you should be backing up your laptop to such a thing anyway).
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Offline ademas

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Re: Customs and Laptops
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007, 04:22:11 PM »
Thanks, guys.  It sounds like I'm just being paranoid.
I do that sometimes (then I google for more information and get a little more paranoid...)

Offline Basquo

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Re: Customs and Laptops
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007, 08:15:27 PM »
All they want you to do is remove the computer from the carrying case, and send it through x-ray by itself, which I did with no problem on both flights recently.  The guy behind me who didn't do it got shouted at in SFO.

If they had "investigated" my computer, they would've seen how fat my ass was 15 months ago when I first got this laptop. and maybe seen an eboys.com trailer I loaded for emergencies in case of a visit to Redneckland, Texas.


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