Do you think the government should be able to search through travelers' suitcases when they come into the United States? How about their cell phones and laptops? According to some, that's what our nation's border guards are doing: looking through computers, copying photos and otherwise snooping about in people's electronic possessions. In some cases, companies have altered their policies to require employees to safeguard corporate secrets by clearing laptop hard drives before international travel.
But no one knows exactly what the government's search guidelines are. Today, two civil liberties groups in San Francisco, plan to file a lawsuit to force the government to disclose its policies on border searches. Look for an explosive decision when the truth finally comes out.
We want to know: If the governement copies our harddrive, should we notify Microsoft that an unauthorized version of Windows was created?
Washington Post: Clarity Sought on Electronics Searches