Monday, November 28, 2011

Tell Congress: Rein in invasive border searches

Dear Friend,

In a free country, the government can't snoop through your laptop without any suspicion of wrongdoing. But the United States has carte blanche to search and copy your files at the border.

Our lives are on our laptops - family photos, medical documents, banking info, details about what websites we visit, and so much more. But when it comes to searching travelers who are entering the US, the government can take a laptop or smart phone, search through all the files, and keep it for further scrutiny - without any suspicion of wrongdoing whatsoever.

Civil liberties organizations like EFF have been battling in court for American constitutional protections at the border for years, but to no avail. That's why we're calling on Congress to take action to defend the privacy rights of travelers. Will you sign our petition to Congress today and urge them to rein in border searches?

For doctors, lawyers, and many business folk, invasive border searches compromise the privacy of sensitive client communications. And for the rest of us, invasive searches are an affront to our privacy and dignity.

As technology advances, it gets easier and faster for minimally trained border agents to conduct penetrating forensic analysis on our laptops in moments.

Urge Congress to stand up for up for the privacy and dignity of travelers, and to stop invasive border searches. Click the link below to sign the petition.