False Sense of Security

If you’re traveling in or out of the United States, you may want to leave your laptop at home.

It seems that our Department of Homeland Security can take your computer to an “off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing”.

On top of that, they also can “share copies of the laptop’s contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons”.

However, you may want to also leave home every other carrier of information you own since this stupidity doesn’t stop with laptops.

The policies cover “any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form,” including hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover “all papers and other written documentation,” including books, pamphlets and “written materials commonly referred to as ‘pocket trash’ or ‘pocket litter.’ “

Again, DHS agents have been told they can do this “without any suspicion of wrongdoing”.

There, I feel more secure. Don’t you?