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Business Travelers to US Risk Laptop Seizures

Business travelers should limit proprietary information on their laptop computers when crossing U.S. borders and should also delete any personal data, including e-mails, photographs and finances they do not want examined by border authorities.


By Don Douloff, May 8, 2008

Business travelers should limit proprietary information on their laptop computers when crossing U.S. borders and should also delete any personal data, including e-mails, photographs and finances they do not want examined by border authorities. The warning, from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), follows an April 21 decision by a federal appeals court giving customs officials complete authority to examine, copy and seize travelers’ laptops without reasonable suspicion.

“ACTE filed an Amicus brief contending that a traveler’s laptop was essentially intellectual property and not the same as luggage or freight,” said Susan Gurley, ACTE global executive director. “The court has disagreed, and this decision will have significant impact on business travelers who have no idea their data is subject to search and seizure.”

For more information, please visit the ACTE website at http://www.acte.org/laptop_seizures.php



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