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Old 05-07-2008, 12:19 AM
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My wife works for an international training company. She recently received the following communications and I was just thinking if this affects everyone.
I can't post the full communication but you will get the idea from the following:

US Customs agents may require individuals to hand-over laptops and electronic devices for customs search.
Individuals may be asked to provide passwords & access the items and items could be retained by Customs and Border Protection.
No specific evidence is necessary for US Customs to request a search
Any electronic devise can be searched
Your laptop and electronic devices may be retained by US Customs

Item affected
Laptop
Cell Phone
Digital Camera
MP3 Player, I-Pod
PDA, Blackberries, etc.
Electronic storage devices, such as USB memory

I know laptop can get checked but I've never boot it up for anyone to check the contents. It looks like customs can check and seize any electronic storage device.
Anyone else heard of this before, and surely this will extend wait times at ports (cruise and air) even long if this is the case.
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