Laptop data confiscated at U.S. border - another reason for Sun Ray
By bnitz on Feb 08, 2008
Slashdot highlighted this Washington Post article on Confiscation and copying of all electronic data at U.S. borders. From the article:
She said the federal agent copied her log-on and password, and asked her to show him a recent document and how she gains access to Microsoft Word. She was asked to pull up her e-mail but could not because of lack of Internet access. With ACTE's help, she pressed for relief. More than a year later, Udy has received neither her laptop nor an explanation.
ACTE last year filed a Freedom of Information Act request to press the government for information on what happens to data seized from laptops and other electronic devices. "Is it destroyed right then and there if the person is in fact just a regular business traveler?" Gurley asked. "People are quite concerned. They don't want proprietary business information floating, not knowing where it has landed or where it is going. It increases the anxiety level..."
As chaotic and lawless as the early internet is, we've come to a time when it is already a safer place for your data than your briefcase. Of course, if you like the weight and coolness of a laptop to remind you that you are traveling for business, but don't want to risk your corporate data falling into the wrong hands, the Sun Ray 2N or Naturetech's Sun Ray compatible laptop are ideal for you. I'd love to see the look on the face of the customs guy when he asks someone to copy all of their laptop data and they tell him, "'Data? We ain't got no data here. We don't need no data! I don't have to show you any stinkin' data!'."
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