New US policy wants to demand passwords of travelers’ electronic devices

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, today posted a revised policy on Border Searches of Electronic Devices and a Privacy Impact Assessment of some of the changes made by the new policy. CBP is now claiming the authority to confiscate cellphones, laptops, memory cards, and any other electronic devices if the traveller refuses to tell CBP their passwords, and to retain the passwords given to them as well as the contents of those devices.

Country: Global

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: electronic devices, privacy, US, border control, passwords

Posted on Friday 5 January 2018

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