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[liberationtech] I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at
Fri Feb 17 02:36:38 PST 2017

"Authorities" are in many instances not "protectors," but liars and thieves. If you're singled out, bad things may happen.

But still I don't think they were looking for your "data." However, I don't have enough information beyond my own travels and general news about the country (Argentina) to back this.

A recent post in this list talked about an upcoming conference in Cartagena, Colombia, "Big Data from the South." Following that path you may find more informed opinions based on actual research and facts.

Personal data in electronics have become so critical that I it would be handicapping not to travel with it...

Regards / Saludos / Grato

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes

> On Feb 16, 2017, at 11:14 PM, Cecilia Tanaka <cecilia.tanaka at> wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:29 AM, Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes <alps6085 at> wrote:
>> On the other hand, i was talking only about meddling with the private information on your phone. 
> ​The problem was exactly this:  I had no electronics with me and they were searching for 'something'.  I had the same kind of problem twice in the same country.  The last but one travel was less traumatic physically, but was a similar disaster in psychological aspects.  I had only an old tablet with me and they examined it without my presence, what made me feel *very* uncomfortable.  It was taken for few minutes only, but it was time enough to make me feel insecure about data.  Not mine, but my loved ones' data.  You can think I am a dramatic paranoid, but it was the reason why my last travel had absolutely no electronics.  ​:(​
>>> The experience you mention is about physically roughing up travelers and stealing personal belongings from the suitcase, something well documented in many Latin American countries. In fact, the latter is why people wrap luggage in plastic at the airport, or use locks, etc...
> ​They destroyed my lock and *also* the suitcase.  It was a pretty cute red suitcase with a pink metal padlock and a big pink satin ribbon.​  They put the broken padlock inside the suitcase, which was cut as half of the ribbon.  It was *not* a thief, who did this evil act was the people that should protect us.  :(
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