Should International Travelers Leave Their Phones At Home?

Long-time Slashdot reader Toe, The sums up what he learned from freeCodeCamp’s Quincy Larson: “Before you travel internationally, wipe your phone or bring/rent/buy a clean one.” Larson’s article is titled “I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.”
All the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password… Companies like Elcomsoft make ‘forensic software’ that can suck down all your photos, contacts — even passwords for your email and social media accounts — in a matter of minutes…. If we do nothing to resist, pretty soon everyone will have to unlock their phone and hand it over to a customs agent while they’re getting their passport swiped… And with this single new procedure, all the hard work that Apple and Google have invested in encrypting the data on your phone — and fighting for your privacy in court — will be a completely moot point.
The article warns Americans that their constitutional protections don’t apply because “the U.S. border isn’t technically the U.S.,” calling it “a sort of legal no-man’s-land. You have very few rights there.” Larson points out this also affects Canadians, but argues that “You can’t hand over a device that you don’t have.”


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