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Safer travel to the US...

US Federal Court rules that border police must has reasonable suspicions that a mobile device contains illegal contraband before searching it


Link Here 14th November 2019
In a major victory for privacy rights, a federal court has held that the federal government's suspicionless searches of smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices at airports or other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional.

In recent years, as the number of devices searched at the border has quadrupled, international travelers returning to the United States have increasingly reported cases of invasive searches.

Documents and testimony we and the Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained as part of our lawsuit challenging the searches revealed that the government has been using the border as a digital dragnet. CBP and ICE claim sweeping authority to search our devices for purposes far removed from customs enforcement, such as finding information about someone other than the device's owner.

The court's order makes clear that these fishing expeditions violate the Fourth Amendment. The government must now demonstrate reasonable suspicion that a device contains illegal contraband. That's a far more rigorous standard than the status quo, under which officials claim they can rummage through the personal information on our devices at whim and with no suspicion at all.

 

 

Offsite Article: Leave your friends at home...


Link Here 1st September 2019
Are US border police checking out your Facebook postings and friends at the airport immigrations desk?

See article from theverge.com

 

 

Offsite Article: Streaming online pornography produces as much CO2 as Belgium...


Link Here 12th July 2019
Climate campaigners already want to take away your car, holidays abroad, and your Sunday roast, now they've got their beady eyes on your porn and Netflix

See article from newscientist.com

 

 

Offsite Article: Draw a Line at the Border...


Link Here 9th June 2019
Privacy International start campaign against governments snooping on social media accounts handed over as part of a visa application

See article from privacyinternational.org

 

 

Get off in Thailand...

Australian feminists wound up by AirAsia adverts


Link Here 25th March 2019
An amusing advert for AirAsia has wound up the easily offended in Australia. The advert containing the phrase Get off in Thailand was posted around the city of Brisbane to promote the airline's direct route to Bangkok.

Collective Shout, a feminist campaign group claimed that the advert was promoting sex tourism in Thailand.

Melinda Liszewski, a campaigner at Collective Shout spotted the adverts on a Brisbane bus and posted the image to social media. She accused the airline of promoting sex tourism.

A spokeswoman for Air Asia told the BBC:

AirAsia takes community feedback extremely seriously and the airline sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused from recent concerns raised.

AirAsia can confirm the advertising campaign has ended and we instructed our media partners to have the advertising removed as soon as possible today from all locations.

Brisbane City councillor Kara Cook branded the campaign an absolute disgrace and said it should never have appeared on our city's streets.

 

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