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Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:08 PM


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Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:12 AM


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Well it highlights that people should know their rights as clearly this could be used for industrial espionage as well as many other things. For people who travel around the world (Steve, for example), how are they supposed to know and keep knowing their rights in different countries?

I guess you guys and gals over the pond have it hard enough with the variation in state law and hope that most of this kind of issue is covered by federal law.


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Stealing a cell phone is petty theft, but impersonating a law enforcement officer is a felony. It could potentially be considered kidnapping, if they hold the person against their will and coerce them in some way. I hope the courts don't overlook this distinction when they prosecute these guys.
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When traveling outside the US, especially to a country with a State Department travel warning, you should consider leaving your smart phone and laptop at home and instead carry a disposable flip phone will call forwarding. When local airport security pulls someone off the side for enhanced screening, it could be a pretext for perusing the contents of your personal device data.
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Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:41 AM


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Eric M Russell (8/20/2014)
When traveling outside the US, especially to a country with a State Department travel warning, you should consider leaving your smart phone and laptop at home and instead carry a disposable flip phone will call forwarding. When local airport security pulls someone off the side for enhanced screening, it could be a pretext for perusing the contents of your personal device data.


...and for us in the UK and elsewhere: When traveling to the US you should consider leaving your smart phone and laptop at home and instead carry a disposable flip phone will call forwarding. When local airport security pulls someone off the side for enhanced screening, it could be a pretext for perusing the contents of your personal device data.


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Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:48 AM


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When traveling outside the US, especially to a country with a State Department travel warning, you should consider leaving your smart phone and laptop at home and instead carry a disposable flip phone will call forwarding. When local airport security pulls someone off the side for enhanced screening, it could be a pretext for perusing the contents of your personal device data.


...and for us in the UK and elsewhere: When traveling to the US you should consider leaving your smart phone and laptop at home and instead carry a disposable flip phone will call forwarding. When local airport security pulls someone off the side for enhanced screening, it could be a pretext for perusing the contents of your personal device data.

I agree totally. Even a 70 year old retired school teacher flying from Georgia to Florida to visit the grandkids could find themselves pulled into the homeland security twilight zone simply because they share the same name as someone of the US no-fly list.
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Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:14 AM


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The problem is that far too many of us travel for work. Leaving a laptop/cell phone behind isn't an option.






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Steve Jones - SSC Editor (8/20/2014)
The problem is that far too many of us travel for work. Leaving a laptop/cell phone behind isn't an option.

My work laptop contains nothing but a bare bones install of Windows 7. I VPN/Remote Desktop into a PC sitting underneath by desk back at the office; which is the normal way I work every day. Not even email is stored locally. Of course I don't store the VPN login credentials. If someone steals the laptop, all I've lost is $350 and an excuse to buy a new one.
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When traveling outside the US, especially to a country with a State Department travel warning, you should consider leaving your smart phone and laptop at home and instead carry a disposable flip phone will call forwarding. When local airport security pulls someone off the side for enhanced screening, it could be a pretext for perusing the contents of your personal device data.


...and for us in the UK and elsewhere: When traveling to the US you should consider leaving your smart phone and laptop at home and instead carry a disposable flip phone will call forwarding. When local airport security pulls someone off the side for enhanced screening, it could be a pretext for perusing the contents of your personal device data.

I agree totally. Even a 70 year old retired school teacher flying from Georgia to Florida to visit the grandkids could find themselves pulled into the homeland security twilight zone simply because they share the same name as someone of the US no-fly list.


Joking aside, we have all had a peek at the invasive spying on one another recently; US on Germany, Germany on Turkey and those are spying on close allies then we have China on US, US on Russia. Of course, here in the UK we have GCHQ to land ourselves in the same spying trouble too. Then there is [Country] on [Same country]'s citizens - replace with different countries for various incidents.


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Steve Jones - SSC Editor (8/20/2014)
The problem is that far too many of us travel for work. Leaving a laptop/cell phone behind isn't an option.


I have nothing that wouldn't bore most people in minutes. More value to advertisers than national security or industrial spies.


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