US judge dismisses challenge to suspicionless laptop searches at the border

Judge Edward Korman dismissed the ACLU suit, Abidor v. Napolitano, allowing the US Customs and Border Protection program of random border searches and seizures of electronic devices to continue with no requirement of warrants, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion. Ned Levi discusses the CPB program, court rulings which have affected it, and advice for international travelers entering the US.
By |January 6th, 2014|Columns|4 Comments|

Court has ruled some Customs Border Protection searches and confiscations illegal

The Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, has made a new ruling concerning searches and seizures of passenger belongings at the border of the US, stating that CBP agents need to recognize there is an expectation of privacy and can't do a search without a reason. Ned Levi discusses the new ruling and what its effect might be for international travelers.
By |September 16th, 2013|Columns|3 Comments|

What we’re reading: Why must we turn off devices?, Trump Marina rebranded as Golden Nugget, Vegas strives to become Asian gateway

Why must we turn off electronic devices at takeoff and landing?, Trump Marina renamed Golden Nugget, Las Vegas strives to become gateway to Asia
By |November 28th, 2011|Today|1 Comment|

Attention Hoteliers: A clean comfortable bed just isn’t enough

Providing a clean comfortable bed is fundamental for hotels, but Ned Levi doesn't think that's enough in the 21st century. Ned discusses his own hotel needs and peeves, plus those of travelers he knows, and of readers who have written him.
By |September 26th, 2011|Columns|14 Comments|

Travel technology and privacy — how vulnerable are you?

Ned Levi looks at the privacy issues travelers face using electronic devices which hold personal data, or access the Internet, and for travelers which post travel photos on the Internet while traveling.
By |May 2nd, 2011|Columns|8 Comments|

ACLU, NPPA, slam CBP random data searches — big brother reaches into your computers, smartphones and PDA

Since 9/11, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has had a program of random inspection of electronic media at the border. Without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, CBP has confiscated laptops and other electronic devices for weeks or even years. Ned Levi brings you up to date on the latest news about this serious problem for international travelers.
By |September 13th, 2010|Columns|18 Comments|

Customs and Border Patrol agents are still randomly confiscating laptops — is yours next?

Ned discusses the latest news about the Customs and Border Patrol’s program to randomly search and seize laptops, digital cameras, cellphones and other electronic devices at the border, without warrants, reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and what travelers can do to protect their privacy and security.
By |August 31st, 2009|Columns|8 Comments|