Keeping Your Data Safe at the US & UK Borders

If you've been following what's been going on in the world of technology, politics, and international travel over the last few years you'll know that, if you want to enter the US, border patrol agents are allowed to search your laptop, mobile phone, or MP3 player without limitation and without telling you why. Meanwhile, if you want to enter the UK and you have some encrypted stuff on your hard drive, the UK government can demand that you hand over your encryption keys or face jail time.

In light of all this, both CNET and the EFF have come up with ways in which you can keep your data both safe and private when crossing the border. Before reading that, though, check out Computerworld's Jaikumar Vijayan's article on Five Things to Know About U.S. Border Laptop Searches.

Then read these:

Most important of all: be careful. Your really don't want to suffer Maher Arar's fate.