Canadians should worry about U.S. border device searches, says privacy commissioner [Update]


  • Marc Palumbo

    But they’re OK with the Federal government searching your phone without a warrant or you knowing. Cool.

  • MoYeung

    Ripe with abuse at US border crossings…

  • NoSpamMcGee

    Yes, they should be. As someone who travels often there has been an increase in device checks and they often don’t follow policy and procedure. Perhaps, the worst part is the fact that there’s no real recourse in the moment. You arguably have to let them do whatever or you risk even further problems. Even after the fact, complaining about what happened if you have genuine concerns falls on deaf ears unless you have deep pockets for lawyers. Oddly enough, most of my issues have arisen upon return, not actually entering the US or elsewhere but getting additional scrutiny upon arrival back home to Canada. I realize each situation is different but there’s just something unsettling about that to me.

    • MoYeung

      When returning to Canada, do the CBSA agents follow the law, policy and procedure?

    • NoSpamMcGee

      I want to say yes, but there have been times where my items have been taken out of my view, and I can’t account for what they have done in those instances. They also play around with the whole ‘can’t compel you to sign into external accounts’ thing in my experience. Sure, they can’t compel you too, but they’ll certainly still ask you to. If you oblige, it’s on you. If you decline, you run into the risk of further problems, delays, etc.

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    this why I bring a cheep Burner to the US and leave good phone at home