As if international air travel is not already unpleasant enough

Now we find out that the federal agents have been granted the power to seize your laptop for any reason. And do pretty much whatever they want with it:

Under recently disclosed Department of Homeland Security policies, such seizures may be carried out without suspicion of wrongdoing, the newspaper said, quoting policies issued on July 16 by two DHS agencies.

Agents are empowered to share the contents of seized computers with other agencies and private entities for data decryption and other reasons, the newspaper said.

DHS officials said the policies applied to anyone entering the country, including U.S. citizens, and were needed to prevent terrorism.

Wow. I feel safer already.

Bruce Schneier blogs about it here.

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