Are you a U.S. citizen? Then you should know that, if you travel internationally, when you come back to the U.S. you may be forced to reveal your device passwords (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) as well as providing U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers with passwords to your social media and other accounts.
Farfetched? Nope…read this article to get one tech guy’s perspective on what happened this past week to a NASA guy who is a U.S. citizen: I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.
Update: Here is the Department of Homeland Security Privacy Impact Assessment for the Border Searches of Electronic Devices (PDF) which, by the way, has not been updated since 2009.
Past Week’s Top Minnesota Stories
- Minnedemo recap
- InnovateMN launches
- Code42 co-founder’s stealthy startup hires Cutler to lead AI
- Land O’ Lakes creates $150,000 contest for agricultural drone technology
- Twin Cities companies team up for virtual reality property showings
Gang Mentality: Is the true cost of social networks and mobile tech our privacy?
- There is a security “hole in Facebook” that lets anyone see all of your private data called “StalkScan”
- Facebook is developing tools to read through people’s private messages, Mark Zuckerberg manifesto suggests
- Facebook just changed its mission, because the old one was broken
- ‘Digital Geneva Convention’ needed to deter nation-state hacking: Microsoft president
Other Top Tech Stories
- Tim Cook says augmented reality is ‘a big idea like the smartphone’
- Apple Vowed to Revolutionize Television. An Inside Look at Why It Hasn’t
- 99.6% of new smartphones run iOS or Android; RIP Windows and Blackberry
- USB Killer now lets you fry most Lightning and USB-C devices for $55
- Signal app gets video calling overhaul and a warning for iOS users
Cool Thing of the Week
- The Complete List of 280+ Tech, IT, and DevOps Conferences in 2017
- MHTA’s Tech.2017, February 23rd, Metropolitan
- Mobile Twin Cities, March 14th, BuzzFeed Offices.
- Midwest PHP 2017, March 17-18, Radisson Blu Mall of America
- IoTFuse Conference 2017, April 21st, Mpls Conv Ctr