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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...ad-your-itunes

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EDITORIAL: TSA to download your iTunes?

Federal security workers are now free to snoop through more than just your undergarments and luggage at the airport. Thanks to a recent series of federal court decisions, the digital belongings of international fliers are now open for inspection. This includes reading the saved e-mails on your laptop, scanning the address book on your iPhone or BlackBerry and closely scrutinizing your digital vacation snapshots. [more]
Well seeing as so many are willing to let the govt do anything,this was only a matter of time!!





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Well seeing as so many are willing to let the govt do anything,this was only a matter of time!!
Its not that anyone one of us really 'want' them to do it. And its not like they're going to ask you before they search your stuff, so its not really 'letting them'. Its the Federal Government dude, they're going to do what they please for the most part.

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we have to protect intellectual property holders' rights !!!

any other right of anyone is irrelevant !

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we have to protect intellectual property holders' rights !!!

any other right of anyone is irrelevant !
That'd be an interesting argument. If I have a properly licensed digital copy of a movie and then TSA plays it while inspecting my laptop, would that not be a public viewing and a violation of some archaic IP law?

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Time to install PGP

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Problem with that idea is that encryption means you're guilty in most cases... encrypted partitions means they'll sit you down in a room until you agree to unlock it for them.

Your best bet? Storing all your stuff online, then doing a factory restore on your laptop before you travel, and put it all back when you arrive. That'll show the bastards.

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That'd be an interesting argument. If I have a properly licensed digital copy of a movie and then TSA plays it while inspecting my laptop, would that not be a public viewing and a violation of some archaic IP law?
No it is not a violation.

For any crime or violation the guilt (mens rea) must be established. (in latin 'mens rea' means 'guilty mind')

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Full drive encryption with TrueCrypt and a "Hidden Partition" so if they ask me to "Reveal" the password I enter a 2ndry password that loads an empty OS.

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No it is not a violation.

For any crime or violation the guilt (mens rea) must be established. (in latin 'mens rea' means 'guilty mind')
Mens rea has many definitions and levels of culpability. Knowing the MPAA I'm sure they wouldn't have any problem explaining it as a case of strict liability.

I doubt it would ever happen, but an interesting idea anyway.

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Problem with that idea is that encryption means you're guilty in most cases... encrypted partitions means they'll sit you down in a room until you agree to unlock it for them.

Your best bet? Storing all your stuff online, then doing a factory restore on your laptop before you travel, and put it all back when you arrive. That'll show the bastards.
I'm not violating anything if I forgot password

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Wow that is quite crazy..

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Use full disk encryption with Truecrypt/Bestcrypt. Then set a custom boot message.

When my laptop is booted it simply displays a black screen with

"Operating System not found"

Typing on the keyboard echoes nothing, considering who the TSA hires I doubt many agents will go further than that.

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This is going a bit too far. Maybe your laptop or iPhone is going to digitally explode?

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Mens rea has many definitions and levels of culpability. Knowing the MPAA I'm sure they wouldn't have any problem explaining it as a case of strict liability.

I doubt it would ever happen, but an interesting idea anyway.
Or easily charge you with conspiracy to _insert_crime_here_ and the only way for you to be proven innocent is to prove them wrong revealing your information on the computer.


Conspiracy is VERY easy to get a charge of. EASY.EASY.EASY

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Time to install PGP
Agreed!

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