It's open season on laptops at the border.

Mar 17, 2016

There's been another disturbing development pertaining to the Forth Amendment recently, in that laptop computers may be seized for inspection without a warrant. This isn't the first time this has been in the news, but now a couple of precedents have been set in court, which is doubly worrisome; this was from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (United States v. Ziegler), and upholds statements in employment contracts that state that you have no privacy whatsoever if you're at work and using their equipment, and most of the time you don't have any privacy if you're using your own equipment, either. The thing about precedents is that they tend to be applied to everything under the sun, so long as someone can make a decent argument for it.

Note to self: Encrypting filesystems are good.