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[liberationtech] Travel with notebook habit

Maxim Kammerer mk at dee.su
Fri Dec 28 03:46:03 PST 2012


On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Julian Oliver <julian at julianoliver.com> wrote:
> I've been extensively questioned at the border on a few occassions over the
> years /because/ my laptops don't have a Desktop as such, no icons either. Both
> my arms were grabbed at the Australian border as I reached to type 'firefox' in
> a terminal, to start the browser in an attempt to show them a normal looking
> environment.

I think that in such a discussion, it is necessary to distinguish
between border guards wanting to look at your data, and border guards
wanting to make sure that your laptop is not a bomb (given the limited
training they receive on the subject). The situation that you describe
looks more like the latter than the former (although clearly there
might be omitted details).

-- 
Maxim Kammerer
Liberté Linux: http://dee.su/liberte



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