Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud 

The U.S. government reported a five-fold increase in the number of electronic media searches at the border in a single year, from 4,764 in 2015 to 23,877 in 2016.1 Every one of those searches was a potential privacy violation. Our lives are minutely documented on the phones and laptops we carry, and in the cloud. Our devices carry records of private conversations, family photos, medical documents, banking information, information about what websites we visit, and much more. Moreover, people in many professions, such as lawyers and journalists, have a heightened need to keep their electronic information confidential. How can travelers keep their digital data safe?

The full report from which the above paragraph is excerpted can be found at the Source, linked below:

Source: Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Since I’ll soon be traveling back and forth across the border on a regular basis, and since I maintain a relatively high level of activity on the Internet, the nature of these border searches is important for me to understand.

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