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Snail Mail’ Is More Protected Than Laptops in the Airport Security Line


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Rising gas prices, crowded airplanes and tightening wallets have all put a damper on America’s travel plans. But there is another reason to think twice before planning a quick weekend jaunt to Mexico — your privacy.



The amount of information the government collects on citizens crossing our borders, and the means with which it gathers it, is expanding in ways that seem procedurally chilling and irritatingly limitless in scope.

New regulations now allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to search your laptop computer. Every file, photo, e-mail or scrap of confidential data — any of the secrets or intensely personal information you keep closely guarded — is now subject to the spotlight of inspection and possible seizure without any “reasonable suspicion.”