June 25, 2008

Search and Seizure

It's been an annoying issue lately, but at the border they've been searching the file systems of laptops passing through. If they find anything that they suspect is in violation of any laws (copyright, etc.), they can seize them.

My problem isn't that they can search the machines, that makes sense. What doesn't? The idea that I can trust the judgment of a standard border patrol/customs agent regarding more questionable areas of the law. I don't trust the judgment of our elected officials regarding most modern electronics legislation.